By Dayo Benson
LAGOS—BARING any last minute change, the much awaited consensus candidate from the four Peoples Democratic Party PDP Northern presidential aspirants is expected to emerge Friday.
While the four northern aspirants, namely Gen. Ibrahim Babangida, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Lt. Gen. Aliyu Gusau and Governor Bukola Saraki camps in conjunction with a committee put in place for that purpose are set to name the consensus candidate Friday, the Presidential Campaign Council of Goodluck/Sambo ticket has been reaching out to more governors, powerful individuals and groups in the North.
Vanguard gathered, yesterday, that the move was to counter the effect the naming of the consensus candidate might have when the name was eventually announced.
Impeccable sources said this was why President Jonathan had been visiting the North more frequently in the past few weeks.
His visit to Zamfara State last week was, however, not without a melodrama occasioned by bomb scare, a development the Presidency viewed as an attempt by his political opponents to scare him away from visiting the North.
The source said: “But the President demonstrated that he is the Commander-in -Chief by going ahead with the visit though he was not aware of the game plan of his opponents.”
Already the Presidential Campaign Council which met last Tuesday in Abuja to perfect its strategies is scheduled to meet again this Friday to further fine tune its operational tactics.
Part of the strategies, it was gathered, is to win more governors from the North to its side because of the opponents’s conviction that it is only consensus candidate from the North that can tackle Jonathan.
A source in one of the four northern aspirants campaign organisations told Vanguard on telephone, last night, that the candidate might emerge this week while another said it would be next week
Meanwhile, the Goodluck/Sambo Campaign Organisation has said that the gang-up by the four northern presidential aspirants against the aspiration of President Goodluck Jonathan would fail even as it restated its commitment to the sanctity of ballot box.