The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said its presidential candidate for the 2023 general elections will emerge after it has concluded nationwide consultations.
The PDP’s stance was made known by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, in an interview on Friday.
According to Ologbondiyna, the party is undecided on the criteria or geopolitical region to be used to choose its presidential candidate, noting that all options would be left open until after consultations.
The major opposition party spokesperson added that the final decision on the matter would be taken based on the demands by Nigerians as previously stated by Senator Walid Jibrin, Chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees.
“The BoT chairman said the party would make consultations. He did not say we had finished consultations.
“It is the course of the consultations and the demands of Nigerians that will form the criteria for picking our presidential candidate.
“The criteria will come out of the consultations. It is a sequential thing,” Ologbondiyan told the Punch.
The party spokesman also explained that the possibility of producing a consensus candidate as mentioned by the BoT chairman remains a proposal, adding that the final decision lies with the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
“The BoT chairman said the party would start consultations. The BoT was the one that spoke. The NWC has not said anything. The role of the BoT is advisory. Even what was reported about a proposal for a consensus candidate is still work in progress,” he said.