A total of 14 aspirants from the six geo-political zones remain in the PDP presidential race, reflecting the party’s decision to jettison zoning and throw the primary open.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will hold its presidential primary between Saturday and Sunday to elect its flag bearer for the 2023 presidential election.
Delegates elected from across the country will gather at the Moshood Abiola National Stadium in Abuja at the National Convention of the opposition party where they will pick from a list of 14 aspirants remaining in the race.
Seventeen aspirants had paid N40 million each to participate in the primary, but two – Cosmas Ndukwe, a former lawmaker, and Nwachukwu Anakwenze, a US-based medical doctor – were disqualified by the screening committee headed by a former Senate President, David Mark, while the vice-presidential candidate of the party at the 2019 election, Peter Obi, on Tuesday pulled out of the race and resigned his membership of the PDP.
The 14 other cleared aspirants have since been meeting party delegates, governors and party leaders across the country.
They are Tariela Oliver, the only female among them; Governors Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto, Bala Mohammed of Bauchi, and Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom; as well as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and investment banker Mohammed Hayatu-Deen.
Others are two former senate presidents, Bukola Saraki and Pius Anyim; former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose; and a publisher, Dele Momodu. Also in the race are a pharmacist, Sam Ohabunwa; Charles Ugwu and Chikwendu Kalu.
The aspirants are from the six geo-political zones of Nigeria, reflecting the party’s decision to jettison zoning and throw the primary open.
The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Debo Olonunnagba, had said the party’s decision was based on recommendations made by a committee headed by Benue State governor, Samuel Ortom. The committee was set up by the party to advise on the issue.
Before the decision, southern leaders of the party had demanded that the ticket be zoned to their region, but the northern leaders wanted an open race.
A day before the National Convention, PROUDLYMP3 examines the 14 aspirants and their chances at the primary.
PDP Presidential aspirants until Friday Evening
Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar
Former Senate Presidents, Bukola Saraki
Former Senate President/SSG, Pius Anyim
Bauchi State Govnor, Bala Mohammed
Sokoto State govnor, Aminu Tambuwal
River State Governor, Nyesom Wike
Publisher, Dele Momodu
Former banker, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen
Pharmacist, Sam Ohabunwa
Akwa Ibom State Governor, Emmanuel Udom
Female aspirant, Olivia Tariela
Former governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose
Lawyer, Charles Okwudili
Mr. Chikwendu Kalu
Mr. Cosmos Ndukwe