BY ABDULKADIR M. LAWAN, OCTOBER 15, 2021 | 05:06 PM
Senator Iyorchia Ayu was picked as the consensus candidate to represent northern Nigeria at the upcoming Peoples Democratic Party national convention.
He is from Benue State. He was a senate president during the third republic and a minister under the regime of former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.
Sen. Ayu was chosen over two other contenders, a former governor of Katsina State, Ibrahim Shema and Senator Abdul Ahmed Ningi, who is also North East’s consensus candidate.
Humwashi Wonosikou, the spokesman of Governor Ahmadu Fintiri, in a statement on Thursday said the decision of the northern leaders and elders of the party to endorse Ayu was announced by Gov. Fintiri after a caucus meeting that in Abuja on Thursday.
Gov. Fintiri said that out of the three candidates nominated from the zones, Sen. Ayu was picked as the consensus candidate.
According to him, there was no election and therefore, there is no victor no vanquished, adding that the three candidates in the spirit of unity agreed among themselves to allow Ayu to contest.
He commended three contenders, describing it as a testament of the capacity of PDP to lead Nigeria to the promised land.
The party will hold its national convention on October 30 and 31.
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