“If he (Saraki) so wishes, there are procedures of doing that. We have affirmed somebody through consensus. Since tomorrow is the last date for the submission of candidates, there is the possibility of him emerging this night (Sunday). It is still possible.”
The Kwara State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Kola Shittu, on Sunday, said it was possible for the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, to emerge the Kwara Central senatorial candidate of the party.
Saraki had contested the PDP presidential ticket and came third with 317 votes in the primary that held in Port Harcourt, River State at the weekend.
Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar emerged the PDP presidential candidate for the 2019 elections. He polled 1,532 votes to trounce other aspirants.
Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, came second with 693 votes while a former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwanso, garnered 158 votes to come fourth, behind Saraki who came third.
Our correspondent in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital, learnt that although a candidate for Kwara Central Senatorial district, whose name was not disclosed, had emerged through consensus means, arrangements could still be made for Saraki to become the PDP Kwara Central Senatorial District candidate and his name submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission before the period for submission of candidates closes on Monday.
It was further learnt that arrangement had been activated to fly back to Ilorin the Kwara PDP delegates who went to Port Harcourt for the party’s presidential primary.
It was further gathered that after the arrival of the delegates, Saraki would be formally presented as the party’s senatorial candidate for Kwara Central.
The state PDP chairman also confirmed in an interview with our correspondent that there was a procedure for Saraki to emerge as the candidate if he so wished.
Shittu said, “If he (Saraki) so wishes, there are procedures of doing that. We have affirmed somebody through consensus. Since tomorrow is the last date for the submission of candidates, there is the possibility of him emerging this night (Sunday). It is still possible.”