ABUJA- The search for a consensus national chairmanship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, suffered setback Wednesday night as a scheduled meeting of the Northern stakeholders did not hold.
The botched meeting billed to hold at the Bauchi Governor’s lodge had the presence of Governors Bala Mohammed, Samuel Ortom, Aminu Tambuwal and Ahmadu Fintiri of Bauchi, Benue, Sokoto and Adamawa states respectively.
Others were former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, former Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Relations, Tanimu Turaki amongst others.
Following Tuesday’s emergence of former Senate President, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu as the consensus choice of the North Central, the North East and North West were expected to make their positions known, as former governors of Katsina and Kaduna states, Ibrahim Shema and Ahmed Makarfi have emerged frontrunners alongside Ayu for the plum office.
Briefing newsmen at the event, Governor Fintiri blamed the development on poor communication gap.
“We could not go on because we had a communication gap with some of our leaders. Some of those expected at this meeting did not show up so we have scheduled another meeting for tomorrow (today). All the zones in the North have shown interest in the race, ” he said in a brief chat with the media.
Although the race is no longer rowdy as it was once expected following North Central adoption of former Senate President, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, the various interest camps in the North-West are soliciting support for the duo of Ahmed Makarfi and Ibrahim Shema, ex-governors of Kaduna and Katsina states respectively.