By TMS Politics
The controversies surrounding the consensus list released by Northern elders on Friday took another dimension as stakeholders of the PDP from the region have distanced themselves from the agreement.
Recall that on Friday evening, the media was inundated with reports about a communiqué signed by respected Northern elder, Professor Ango Abdullai announcing Bukola Saraki and Bala Mohammed as northern consensus aspirants in the interim.
In a statement issued by a former Governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido on Saturday, the group said that the widely circulated communiqué announcing the consensus aspirants is the personal opinion of the elders and not that of the party members in the North.
The statement reads in part;
“The attention of key stakeholders of the PDP in the Northern States is drawn to reports in the Media that some Northern Elders have shortlisted two of our prominent and deserving aspirants as consensus PDP Presidential Candidates.
“Having widely consulted Party Leaders across the 19 Northern States and FCT, it is hereby stated to our teeming Party members and the general public that what is reported in the Media is only the personal opinion of those who issued the statement and not the position of the PDP members in the North!
“Discussions are ongoing with ALL the aspirants in our Party with a view to having National Consensus if possible or a least working towards having a smooth acrimony free National Convention.
“The position of the Northern Elders is not only injurious to the North but equally injurious to the Northern Aspirants!”
TMSnews had reported earlier that Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal had rejected the outcome of the consensus by the northern elders.