- Alhaji Kabiru Turaki, SAN, has accused the federal government of derailing from the vision of Nigeria's founding fathers
- Turaki, a frontline presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), made the statement in Illorin, Kwara state
- He was on a courtesy call to the governor of the state, Dr Abdulfatah Ahmed
Frontline PDP presidential hopeful, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, has accused the federal government of derailing from the vision of Nigeria's founding fathers.
Turaki made the comment on Wednesday, September 5, when he led his campaign team to meet with the Kwara state governor, Dr. Abdulfatah Ahmed at the Government House, Ilorin as part of his nationwide consultations ahead of the PDP presidential primary.
He noted that the PDP administration of President Goodluck Jonathan left behind a booming private sector, with the economy rated as the number one in Africa and the third fastest growing after China and Qatar on May 28, 2015.
He, however, lamented that: “Today, we are in economic doldrums. Today, the economy is witnessing disinvestment. No economic team or adviser for the first time in the country's history. Today, things are being done intuitively. Today, Nigerians are hungry and angry, prompting them to be impatient and prone to provocation easily.”
The former minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs lamented further that the country is so divided like never before with the heightened resurgence of ethnic self-determination, besides experiencing profound security problems.
“We cannot continue to run a nation where people feel discriminated against or feel alienated from access to opportunities,” he said further.
“This was not the intention of our founding fathers,” the Senior Advocate of Nigeria pointed out, adding that, “we are looking for someone (leader) who will do things differently to halt the slide and ensure equity, fairness and justice for all.”
Turaki who is known to have a close relationship with the Senate President Dr. Bukola Saraki who is also in the race, spoke about their chances.
His words: “Both of us are well educated and accomplished professionals with vast knowledge. We have a lot of integrity, credibility, character and dynamism. If we look at our pedigree, we are impeccable. Both of us have conviction, fire of patriotism and nationalism. We are both bridge builders and above anything else, we have the fear of God.”
On his part, Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed noted that the country’s problems are due to structural or systemic deficiency.
“Nigeria needs to be repositioned to truly cater for its almost 200 million population of it wants to be recognized as the giant of Africa,” the governor said.
He said that the country was endowed with a vibrant youth population and diversity that ought to have been tapped beneficially.
Speaking later at the Kwara state PDP secretariat in Ilorin, Turaki who labeled APC as the ‘All Promises Canceled’ for failing to keep its election promises to Nigerians, said, “we currently have a leader that has proven not to be in charge of his government.”
“It is better to replace him with someone else with integrity, knowledge, education, experience, dynamism, courage and the fear of God like me, who will truly be in charge,” he advised.
Meanwhile, the PDP has begun the process of reducing the number of presidential aspirants in the party ahead of its October 6 primary election.
The move is aimed at averting any likely crisis that may arise after the exercise.as there are over 10 presidential aspirants under the major opposition party as at the time of this report.
The party had zoned the ticket to the northern region, comprising three geo-political zones - north central, northeast and northwest.
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