There are strong indications that the Peoples Democratic Party has settled for indirect primaries to pick its 2023 presidential candidate on May 29.
It was also gathered that the opposition party was looking at ways of reducing its current 17 presidential aspirants by encouraging consensus talks among them so that some of them would step down.
Sources in the party, who spoke to newsmen said the ongoing consensus talks among some aspirants were not aimed at presenting a single aspirant at the presidential primary of the party.
It was learnt the party had no plan to impose a candidate on members, but it was encouraging talks among intending presidential candidates so that some of them would voluntarily step down to reduce post-primary crises.
As of yesterday, members who had obtained forms for the presidential primary included the Sokoto state Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; a United States-based medical doctor, Nwachukwu Anakwenze; media mogul, Dele Momodu; governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike; Investment banker and economist, Mohammed Hayatu-Deen; former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi; governor of Akwa Ibom State, Udom Emmanuel; a pharmacist, Sam Ohuabunwa, and former Ekiti governor, Ayo Fayose.
Others are former Vice President Atiku Abubakar; a former President of the Senate, Abubakar Bukola Saraki; former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Anyim Pius Anyim and the Governor of Bauchi State, Bala Mohammed, as well as the only female aspirant in the race, Tareila Diana.
But four of the aspirant, Tambuwal, Mohammed, Saraki, and Hayatu-Deen, have been going around the country with the aim that ensuring the party presents a consensus candidate.