- Governor Fayose has charged members of the PDP to be united ahead of the 2019 elections
- He said the party needs to be united if it wants to defeat President Buhari
- The outgoing governor of Ekiti state made this known while receiving Atiku Abubakar
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has reportedly asked for the support of Ekiti state delegates in the coming national convention of the party, saying he has a programme to develop Nigeria.
Receiving the presidential hopeful in Ekiti, the state governor, Ayodele Fayose, admonished that the party must unite to be able to wrest power from President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019, Nigerian Tribune reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that Governor Fayose called for unity of the members of the party, saying Atiku has the requirements to aspire for the number one seat.
“(You have) the shoulder, you have the height, you have the wherewithal. Our prayer is that it will not be an effort in futility,” Governor Fayose was quoted to have said.
Charging the party on unity, Fayose noted that “the greatest problem PDP may have is if we don’t go to that election as brothers and sisters.”
He said: “The task before the PDP at this time is not about who has been in the party before and who is just joining. It is about rescuing Nigeria and its people from the calamity of this Buhari’s government.”
While wishing Atiku well, the governor said: “Come October 6th, this journey will fall in wonderful places for you.”
Speaking earlier, Atiku lamented that the country had allegedly sunk into more corruption in the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari, and also claimed that even during the civil war, Nigeria had not been as insecure as the country was in this dispensation.
He told the delegates: “I have come to appeal to you to support me in our party’s convention. I have the programme that will best develop this country. I wish to appeal for your individual and collective support.”
Addressing Fayose, he described his as “brutally frank”, saying: “I like the way you do things. You’re brutally frank. You say your mind; it’s a very very rare quality. So, I commend for who you are. We will stand by you and the party in Ekiti until you retrieve your stolen mandate.”
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had previously reported that Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi who is also a PDP presidential aspirant said if he doesn't emerge as party’s candidate for the 2019 election he would accept it in good faith.
The former Kaduna state governor in an interview with some journalists in Kaduna, said if he leaves PDP, he would politically go into semi retirement and not seek positions again.
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