2019: Bafarawa rejects PDP consensus candidate

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A former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa has said there is no need for consensus among the increasing number of presidential aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Speaking with newsmen yesterday at the PDP National Secretariat in Abuja where he obtained his expression of interest and nomination forms to contest the presidential ticket of the party ahead of the 2019 general elections, Bafarawa said the number of presidential aspirants showed the party was waxing stronger.

Responding to a question on consensus he said, “I think you people are not interested in democracy. If we are talking of consensus at least, we are players. I expected you to be good watchers of the playing ground so that you can see how the game is going to play.

“If we say that we are going for consensus, what are we going to do with it? We agree we are all brothers. We see it as a game. Therefore, if anybody is interested in withdrawing himself from the race, it’s a welcome idea.

“But talking of consensus you are going to fall like APC where we are going to have a one-man show. We don’t want to go for one-man show. We want to practise democracy so that people will choose their own better candidate. For example, if APC is playing democracy, they will allow at least, three to four aspirants to aspire for the position.”

He said all the aspirants were democrats, adding that whoever wants to step down should do so. He stated that the aspirants would accept the outcome of the primaries and work with the candidate with the collective goal of defeating the APC.

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