- Governor Nyesom Wike has called on northern leaders of the PDP to pick a consensus presidential candidate
- The Rivers state governor said to win the 2019 presidential election, the party needs to seize the opportunity and present one candidate from the north
- Wike advised all aspirants of the PDP to run decorous campaigns
Rivers state governor, Nyesom Wike, on Sunday, July 15, urged northern leaders of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pick a consensus presidential candidate to satiate the party’s determination to dethrone the All Progressives Congress in 2019.
NAIJ.com gathered that Wike stated this while hosting PDP presidential aspirant and former special duties minister, Kabiru Turaki, in Port Harcourt, Rivers state,
Wike said all Nigerians want the APC-led federal government sacked in 2019 and all the opposition party needs is to seize the opportunity and present one candidate from the north who will defeat the APC, and the rest of the country will support such a candidate.
He said: “My interest is for us to have a change of government at the federal level and bring a government of positive change. Nigerians are tired of the failure of the APC. We are bringing a northerner as our presidential candidate. This time religious and ethnic campaign will not work.”
The Rivers state governor advised all PDP aspirants to run decorous campaigns and shun casting aspersions on rival aspirants, just as he decried the parlouse security under the APC federal government which he accused of paying lip service to security, with resultant killings nationwide.
“Each time hundreds of innocent Nigerians are killed the APC Federal Government says that it will bring the killers to book. We don’t know where the book is,” he added.
Turaki said Nigeria needs an educated, energetic, young and healthy president to right the wrongs of the failure of the APC Federal Government he alleged to have destroyed the foundations of Nigeria.
“Today, the economy is in shambles. Investors are no longer coming to Nigeria. Even those here are leaving with their investments. The only legacy left by the APC Federal Government is hunger, despair, poverty and killings. The government is using Nigerian resources to fight the people.
“I am the person capable of defeating the APC. I have the experience and exposure to win. I will bring that experience to bear in the administration of this country. In the thinking of Nigerians, it is only the PDP that can save Nigeria from the malady that they are in today," he said.
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NAIJ.com previously reported that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is reportedly considering the possibility of nominating the governor of Gombe state, Ibrahim Hassan Dankwambo, as its flag bearer and contender for the presidential seat against Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Various groups within the party are already rooting for the governor as a consensus can candidate.
The report said this move is geared towards a proposal by a governor from the south-south region saying the party is in desperate need for the PDP to put forward ‘its best face.
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