The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Nasarawa State, Yunana Iliya, has urged the party’s gubernatorial candidates to adopt a consensus candidate saying that is the surest way to victory in the state.
Mr. Iliya made the appeal in Akwanga at a meeting in preparation for a forthcoming rally by the Transformation Ambassadors of Nigeria, TAN, in Minna.
Six aspirants, namely, former Senator John Danboyi, Information Minister, Labaran Maku, former deputy governor, Mike Abdul, former board member of the Fiscal Responsibility Commission, Shuaibu Korea, attended the meeting.
Also in attendance was the state deputy governor, Damishi Luka.
Mr. Iliya said the party has tested consensus during the local government elections in the state and that it has proven good for the party.
He said coming up with a consensus candidate for the governorship would brighten the chances of the party during the 2015 governorship polls and avoid conflict of interest.
He appealed to the governorship aspirants to put the interest of the party above personal ambition, and dialogue amongst themselves to adopt a popular and acceptable candidate.
“The success the PDP recorded during the recent local government election in the state was possible due to consensus candidature and we believe that if the same is repeated for the governorship, the challenge encountered in 2011 would be avoided,” Mr. Iliya said.
Mr. Iliya explained that in the event that the consensus arrangements fail, the party has no option than to reverse to status quo and conduct a transparent primary election.