2019: No preferred presidential candidate – PDP

By Samuel Ogidan
Presidential aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been assured of a level playing ground by the leading opposition partya��s leadership.
Contrary to fears being nurtured in some quarters, the PDP said on Monday that it has no preferred presidential aspirant for the 2019 election.
The party however disclosed that it had mandated lawmakers of the partya��s extraction in the National Assembly to initiate a bill on the restructuring of Nigeria.
In a statement by its spokesman, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP said that it has declared that none of its established organs would be allowed to align with any presidential aspirant.
In a subtle way of wooing Nigerians from other political parties, the party said that its platform is open to all politicians aspiring for various elective offices, including the presidency.
The position of the party, according to Ologbondiyan, was contained in the communiquA� issued on Monday at the end of a crucial meeting of the PDP National Working Committee (NWC) and state governors belonging to the party.
Ologbondiyan explained that at no time did the party through any of its organs, zeroed on a particular aspirant for the presidential slot.
The PDP leaders, however, condemned the unabated killings across the country, the protracted fuel crisis, the ploy by the Federal Government to illegally withdraw $1billion from the Excess Crude Account and attempts by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use presumed phony restructuring agenda to beguile Nigerians ahead of the 2019 polls.
He said: “We want to state unequivocally that neither the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) nor the Federal Executive Council (FEC) has the power of appropriation of the Federation Account, as such powers reside with the National and State Assembliesa�?.

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