2023 : Tambuwal rejects result of consensus candidate arrangement, pulls out
Sokoto State governor and 2023 presidential hopeful on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has pulled out of the quest for a consensus presidential candidate from the North, saying the arrangement had failed.
Tambuwa also faulted the report of the Prof. Ango Abdullahi-led consensus committee, which placed two fellow presidential aspirants – Dr. Bukola Saraki and Bauchi State governor, Bala Mohammed – as possible consensus candidate of the North in the 2023 elections on the platform of PDP.
This was contained in a statement issued on Friday night and signed by the Director of Organisation and Mobilisation of the Tambuwal Campaign Organisation (TCO), Nicholas Msheliza.
The statement said all the four presidential aspirants involved in the quest for a consensus candidate had earlier admitted the failure of the process, hence Saraki and Mohammed couldn’t have been pronounced as possible consensus candidate of the North.
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“The attention of Tambuwal Campaign Organization (TCO) has been drawn to a news item that former Senate President, Bukola Saraki and Gov. Bala Muhammad of Bauchi state have emerged as consensus candidates from amongst the four of us announced at a meeting in Minna, Niger state.
“This is, to be candid and forthright, not correct.
“The correct situation is that the team met on Wednesday 20th April, 2022, at Bauchi Governor’s lodge in Abuja and had a review meeting; and, unanimously agreed that the consensus arrangement was not working.
“The team further agreed that Sen. Saraki should come up with a draft statement on how to communicate this decision to the Nigerian public. This was the last time that members of the team sat and mutually agreed on anything. The proposed meeting to review and vet the statement scheduled for 10 pm of the same day was aborted unilaterally by Sen. Saraki via a WhatsApp message.
“However, on Thursday, 21st, 2022, same Sen Saraki circulated yet another WhatsApp message suggesting that members of the team should head to Minna for a meeting on Friday, Gov. Tambuwal reached other members of the team and informed them that he stands by the decision of the team that the initiative is not working. This is the reason Gov. Tambuwal was absent at today’s (Friday) meeting in Minna.