Senator Walid Jibrin, Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said the party will commence its search for its 2023 presidential candidate soon.
He said this while speaking in Kaduna on Thursday. He added that any interested and eligible member of the party, from any part of Nigeria, is free to contest for the ticket.
When asked if the party would adopt Atiku Abubakar, its candidate in the 2019 presidential election, the BoT chairman said the former Vice-President, like every other Nigerian, could still contest if he so wished.
“On the presidential candidate, the National Working Committee, in consultation with all relevant organs of the party, will reveal the plan for coming up with our presidential candidate.
“I don’t think there is anything wrong to allow anybody from any zone to show interest, but our collective decision will bring out an agreeable candidate.
“Meanwhile, what is there for us is to work hard to unite the party by making it the strongest and unbeatable party in the next presidential election,” Jibrin said.
Walid also said the BoT was making the necessary moves to reconcile the governors of Rivers State, Nyesome Wike and his Bayelsa State counterpart, Seriake Dickson. He said it is necessary that the party and its members are in order ahead of the presidential election.
The BoT chairman said, “The BoT is making necessary arrangement to reconcile the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike and the Governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson and of course, all members in order to unite our party with a view to taking over government from the ruling APC in 2023.
“The disunity among the PDP governors demands urgent intervention by the conscience of the party and the advisory body. The BoT is ready to remain neutral all the time.
“Such intervention will start immediately with the two governors. The BoT will therefore pay a special visit to the two governors in order to end the crisis.
“We have also directed the BoT Committee on Peace and Conflicts to visit Edo, Kano, Lagos, Osun, Bayelsa and other states which are engulfed in conflicts with a view to making peace.”