How Saraki and Mohammed Emerged as PDP Northern Consensus Candidates

Former President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, and Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohamedthey have been chosen as northern consensus candidates by the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP). The duo were shortlisted by the party’s Northern leaders ahead of their presidential primaries on May 28. His appearance was part of recommendations made by a committee that is made up of northern leaders and presidential hopefuls in the party. The recommendations were contained in a statement signed by former Ahmadu Bello University vice-chancellor Ango Abdullahi, Vanguard reports. The northern leaders said that the decision to choose Messrs. Saraki and Mohammed was based on certain criteria adopted in the evaluation of the four applicants who appeared for the exercise. In addition to the duo, Aminu Tambuwal, Governor of Sokoto, and Mohammed Hayatu-Deen stood for election. It was resolved that one leading contender from the center-north and one from the northeast will stand as presidential candidates from the north, Abdullahi said in the statement. And the two “in turn would be forced to make more concessions so that, in the end, one of them is presented as the consensus candidate.” Prior to the election, the four candidates visited the former military president, Ibrahim Babangida, and asked him to lead the consensus process. They also agreed to abide by the outcome of the decision. Exercise phases The statement also explained the selection process and performance of the applicants. In phase one of the exercise called “candidate evaluation”, the leaders solicited the opinion of six people from the three geopolitical zones. They were asked to cast their votes as well. “At the end of this phase, Saraki and Governor Mohammed each received 10 votes, while Tambuwal and Hayatu-Deen received seven and five votes respectively,” the statement said. In phase two, “zonal assessment”, Mr. Saraki received eight votes, while Messrs. Mohammed and Tambuwal received seven and two votes respectively. And no vote was recorded for Hayatu-Deen. ALSO READ: Presidency 2023: Why northern PDP hopefuls are exploring consensus bid – Saraki In the third phase, Abdullahi said that the historical background of the PDP regarding the previous aspiration of the North was drawn upon and the following conclusion was reached. “That the Northwest has had the opportunity to dispute and even form a government in 2007. “In 2011, a consensus was made among the four candidates from the North, which the Northeast won but lost in the primaries. In 2019, he got the post again, although the party was unable to form a government.” The panel also pointed out that the center-north has not had a single opportunity to get the PPD ticket since the beginning of the current fourth republic. “For the purposes of this exercise, it is hereby resolved that Governor Bala Mohammad of the Northeast and former Senate President Bukola Saraki of the North-Central be presented as the Northern consensus candidates for the time being.” They therefore urged Ms Saraki and Mohammed to “foster understanding between themselves and the PDP community to ensure a rancor-free primary in which all eligible delegates can exercise their right”. This announcement comes amid uncertainty over the party’s final decision on zoning. Although the committee led by Governor Samuel Ortom had made recommendations to the NEC PDP weeks ago, the party has yet to make a decision on the issue. While northern leaders want the party’s ticket opened, southern leaders insist the position be zoned to the south. Already 17 candidates have joined the presidential race on the platform of the opposition party. Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; How Saraki and Mohammed Emerged as PDP Northern Consensus Candidates