- PDP presidential aspirants are united in their quest to oust the present government, Attahiru Bafarawa has said
- The former Sokoto state governor described moves to adopt a consensus candidate as anti- democratic
- He said all the aspirants have all agreed to support whoever gets the presidential ticket of the party
A PDP presidential aspirant, Attahiru Bafarawa, has said that all the aspirants under the platform of the party were united in the removal of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government out of power in 2019.
Bafarawa made the comment during his consultation with the Edo state chapter of the party in Benin ahead of the October 2018 national convention of the party, Vanguard reports.
He also gave his thoughts on the move to adopt a consensus candidate, describing it as anti- democratic. He said that the people should be allowed to choose who governs and represent them at all level of political position just as he also warned against vote-buying during the convention.
Bafawara added that the large number of the party’s presidential aspirants was a demonstration that the party was growing big even as he disclosed that the aspirants have all agreed to support whoever gets the presidential ticket.
His words: “Forget the number of aspirants. The number of aspirants showed that the party is growing big and the only party in the country. Forget limited and liability party but ours is Public limited company (Plc). So, you expect the shareholders to be many.
“The number of aspirants is not something to fear and worry about. We are together. We are united and our main common objective is to get APC out of power because it is a disaster.
“If we allow the party to remain in power in the next four years I believe there will be no Nigeria. We want to unite our country, and therefore, we the aspirants have already united ourselves for a common goal.”
On the issue of consensus, Bafarawa opined that since all the aspirants have collected forms, there should be no moral justification for the party not to go for indirect primary.
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“Consensus is for APC but ours is indirect primary. Since the party has sold forms to all the aspirants because we are all qualified, and there is nobody the party can say is not qualified. It is now left for the party’s delegates to decide. Once delegates decide there is nothing anybody can do," he said.
Meanwhile, another PDP presidential aspirant, Alhaji Kabiru Turaki, recently accused the federal government of derailing from the vision of Nigeria's founding fathers.
NAIJ.com gathered that he 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.
The former minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs lamented that the country is so divided like never before with the heightened resurgence of ethnic self-determination, besides experiencing profound security problems.
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