On Tuesday evening, Catalin Predoiu announced on Facebook that he withdraws from the race for PNL’s presidency because he noticed that his offer does not coincide with the views of the party’s county branches. Two weeks ago, he was denying the possibility of withdrawing his candidacy.
“Dear friends, a few minutes ago I informed the members of PNL’s BPN [Standing National Bureau] that I’ve decided not to file a motion at PNL’s conference on 17 June. (…) At the same time, I understood that what I’m offering for the office of PNL President does not coincide with the views of branch leaders. Unfortunately, many have set their options by signing blank checks, without the text of any motion being drafted so far. A politician must be realistic, down to earth. Politics is the art of the possible in a given context. For the project I proposed for PNL’s leadership, now is not possible!” Catalin Predoiu wrote on Facebook.
News.ro exclusively reported that, during the meeting that the leaders of PNL’s Transylvanian branches held on 21 April in Cluj-Napoca, Predoiu told Oradea Mayor Ilie Bolojan that if he runs for the party’s presidency he will withdraw from the race and back him instead.
“Predoiu told Bolojan that, if he enters the race, he will withdraw and support him,” one of the PNL leaders that took part in the talks stated for News.ro at the time.
According to the source, the leaders of PNL’s Transylvanian branches told Ilie Bolojan that if he does not enter the race for the party’s presidency they will back Ludovic Orban’s bid.
In response to the information regarding his potential withdrawal from the race, Catalin Predoiu wrote on Facebook at the time that this is “misinformation” and he is determined to enter the race and win it, pointing out that the information comes from his adversaries within PNL.
“Message to my supporters and friends: please ignore the “friendly” misinformation! The more they lyingly talk about my alleged withdrawal from the race the firmer my determination to run in order to win the competition! Message to “friends”: stop wasting your resources on make-believe and dreams!” Catalin Predoiu wrote on Facebook at the time, a posting he later deleted.
Ludovic Orban and Cristian Busoi are left in the race for PNL’s presidency. On Tuesday evening, Ludovic Orban met those who endorse his candidacy, announcing afterward that 24 county branch leaders, several MPs, eight mayors of county seats and three county council chairmen have undersigned his motion, and announced that he will officially file his candidacy on Monday, 15 May.
“Twenty-four county branch presidents, a significant number of MPs, eight mayors of county seats and three county council chairmen have so far signed the Orban motion. At this hour, in over 30 county branches there are thousands of signatures of support from city mayors, commune mayors, deputy mayors, county council members and local branch presidents,” Ludovic Orban stated, pointing out that he will officially file his candidacy at 11 a.m. on 15 May, at PNL’s central headquarters.
Also on Tuesday, the members of PNL Bucharest’s leadership and the leaders of PNL’s Bucharest district branches – with the exception of Anca Boagiu, the president of PNL District 2 – announced their support for Cristian Busoi’s candidacy.
The future PNL President will be elected by 5,000 delegates at the party conference on 17 June. The party conference will take place in Bucharest, at Romexpo.