After months of speculations, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has finally thrown open the contest for its presidential ticket to all aspirants in the race.
The decision was taken at the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Wednesday night.
The NEC appointed former Senate President, David Mark chairman of the party’s National Convention Organising Committee.
Enugu Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi was named the Deputy Chairman of the Committee while a former Katsina Governor, Ibrahim Shema is Secretary.
The Committee is charged with the responsibility of organising the presidential primaries slated for May 28-29.
NEC also encouraged the presidential aspirants to work towards picking one of them as consensus candidate.
In a communique released after the meeting, which lasted about four hours, the party said the contest was thrown open in line with a recommendation of the PDP National Zoning Committee.
The Committee was chaired by Benue Governor, Samuel Ortom.
The communique reads: “After a very extensive deliberation, NEC aligned with the recommendation of the PDP National Zoning Committee that the Presidential Election should now be left open. The Party should also work towards consensus candidate where possible.