The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the party’s floor is open for any contender willing to contest the presidential election in 2023, including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku Abubakar was the party’s presidential candidate in the 2019 election.
National Chairman of the Party, Prince Uche Secondus, said this while reacting to questions from journalists in Bauchi Friday night on whether the party would re-present Atiku Abubakar who lost the presidential election to Muhammadu Buhari.
“There is no room for discrimination,” Secondus said in Bauchi State during a solidarity visit on Governor Bala Mohammed.
“Everyone is qualified; both young, old, governors, non-governors are qualified to contest and we have the space for everyone–if you win, you become our candidate. The door is open to everybody,” he declared.
Secondus was in the company of Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, former governor of Gombe State Hassan Ibrahim Dankwambo, former Senate President David Mark and a party chieftain; Nazif Gamawa on the Bauchi visit.
Secondus also responded to the recent gale of defections of the party members to other parties, including former Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
He said anyone could leave the party but was optimistic that in due course, they would be persuaded to return to the party.
According to him, “It has happened before; they will move and they would come back: that’s the assurance I’m giving to you.”
Dogara’s exit from the party, according to him, was caused by alleged mismanagement of public funds and unfulfilled campaign promises. (The Guardian)