Two PDP governors from South-Eastern Nigeria, Godwin Obaseki and Ifeanyi Okowa, today joined a plan by four candidates seeking to oust the party’s northern candidate.
This comes at a time when former Senate President Bukola Saraki continues to support their move, given Nigeria’s current insecurity and high cost of living.
“What we need now is the best hand to take the country to the next level of development, ”said Saraki, who spoke on behalf of the four PDP presidential candidates. said while the delegation held another consultative meeting in Benin, Port Harcourt, and Uyo.
Four Northern Candidates: Governors Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and Bala Muhammad of Sokoto and the Bauchi States; The plan was launched last month by former Senate President Bukola Saraki and former FSB Managing Director Hayatudeen Muhammad to unite their party counterparts to field a single presidential candidate before next year’s elections.
Echoing their intentions during a visit to him at the State House, Benin on Monday, Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki described their plan as a “new way of life” for the party.
He said it was a new style of a presidential election where leaders who had a great ambition for their people came together to decide the office they were seeking for their people.
Recalling that in the past the country it’s on top of the economy, he said that now things are declining, so there is a need for all sectors to contribute products that will bake ‘big bread for everyone.
“This is a step in the right direction. It will strengthen us, unite us, ”he said, praying for God’s help to succeed.
In Asaba, Saraki, who lauded Okowa for his commitment to the PDP’s success across the country, said their coalition was “not just about the North,” but about Nigerians .”
“It simply came to our notice then. We came up with the idea that, for the benefit of the party, we should come together and look at the process, because we believe that what the country needs today is unity, we can not say for ourselves, we fail to work on it all.
“We all deserve to rule this country. But we believe that this time only one person will win, and this person needs everyone to improve Nigeria. He needs everyone to reform this country. And, as we have seen, national interest goes beyond our personal preferences.
“We have expressed our understandings to you and you have given us your views on what to do. We want to reassure you that we are very committed to this project to see one of us come out. We are committed to this process. We also hope that you ask some of the candidates and those who are still thinking about this joint venture so that the PDP can finally unite and provide leadership in this country. Where the country is today, we need to fix it. We need to address the problem of insecurity and unemployment…, ”he said.
In Benin, the former Senate President said: “Millions of Nigerians are in dire straits. As a party, we want to show our commitment to their cause. We decided to return our second need. We want your support in this process. We think this will make our party-ready to rule in 2023 because, in the end, it is not one person. We need everyone to contribute to this country. That is why we are here.
“There is a need for the PDP to provide this platform for the betterment of Nigeria. In doing so, most importantly, we realize that interest is more in line with our own needs. So, we come up with ideas, and to see them flush them out, it’s really fun. And, we want it to be more than any other party in the party. We do not want to waste our energy on trying to come to power, but on how to improve Nigeria, ”he added.
SOURCE: MUHAMMAD BELLO