The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar has fixed Monday as its flag-off day for his presidential campaign in Akwa-Ibom state even as he maintained that he is still the candidate to beat in the South East.
Director General of the PDP presidential campaign council and Governor of Sokoto state, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal speaking with the media after the inspection of the Atiku Campaign Office in Abuja, Tuesday said, “We are pleased to report to you and indeed Nigerians that the campaign is ready to move. By the grace of God, we are flagging off the campaign this coming Monday, the 10th of October 2023 at Uyo Akwa Ibom states. All arrangements have been made to have for a very successful flag off of the campaign. Our campaign is going to be issue based. We’re going to be marketing our candidates based on the program that we brought out, which is generally solution based.
“Atiku is very well prepared to provide the required leadership for this country at this time. He has the experience in governance at the federal level, which I believe none of the rest of the candidates can match. This is not the time for Nigerians to go for trial and error. It’s time for Nigerians to give it to the person that has been tested and who has experience do a good job, who would from day one hit the ground running as we have done for the inauguration of campaign council the very day INEC lifted the ban on campaigns for presidential election campaign on the 28th. Even that should confirm to Nigerians that this is the only party and indeed candidate that is prepared and ready to go.
“We seek for the collaboration of Nigerians and the understanding as we go about campaigns as I said, ours is going to be based on issues and we seek to have violence free electoral process. In any case, our principal has been known to be a peaceful man and his personality speaks for him as a gentleman.”
On the efforts made to resolve the crisis in the party, Governor Tambuwal said, “We’re not involved in a war of attrition. It is a political disagreement and we’re working to resolve all of those issues.
On the dwindling popularity of Atiku Abubakar in the South East since the emergence of the Labour Party’s presidentialcandidate, Peter Obi, the Sokoto state governor said, “We’ve traveled throughout the nooks and crannies of this country, particularly, both around the states before the primaries campaign, and he was in the southeast. Only last week, we were in Enugu the political capital of that region for consultations. Nostates during the consultation will be left out.
“So, we’re very prepared to go into the southeast and we believe that we’re still the number one candidate for the southeast and we are going to consult everywhere in all of the six political zones in this country.
Also, a spokesman of the campaign council, Mr Charles Aniagwu also affirmed that the crisis rocking the party would soon be over
Speaking on AIT programme, Kakaaki, on Tuesday, Aniagwu said the party’s reconciliation efforts were yielding results bringing hope of resolving the crisis in no distant time.
He said that having inaugurated its Campaign Council, the party would flag-off its campaign on Monday in Uyo, the Akwa-Ibom state capital.
According to Aniagwu, the party’s Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar, his running mate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa and other leaders of the party were working hard to resolve all contending issues to enable it present a common front ahead of the 2023 general elections.
“Atiku has said he is not going to leave anybody behind so what we are doing is to ensure that everybody comes on board.
“Not long ago we inaugurated the Campaign Council and that means that the train has left the station but we are very mindful of the fact that as we move along the track of the 2023 general elections, we will stop at different stations to pick both old and new passengers.
“One of the causes of agitation in the country is the inability of the APC to carry parts of the country along in the governance process.
“But beyond the issue of the votes, Atiku is interested in carrying everybody along even after winning the election by the grace of God,”
He said Atiku’s 5-point agenda encapsulated in his policy document would address the nagging issues bedeviling the country.
“We are urging all Nigerians including those who are non-aligned to see the need to embrace the Atiku-Okowa ticket in their quest to govern Nigeria from 2023.
“It’s on record that Atiku is the only candidate that has been able to bring up a manifesto which is called “My Covenant With Nigerians”.
“What he is doing now is part of his desire to carry everybody along and we commend our other governors for remaining in the party to express their grievances within the party.
“I can assure you that at the end of the day the PDP will move as one family and as a cohesive force in addition to bringing other nigerians on board with a view to reversing the ugly situation that we find our country today.
“Be rest assured that in no too distant time, you will see a very peaceful PDP.”
He further said the Atiku-Okowa mandate would take care of the desires of the country’s youth population and urged Nigerians to support the ticket in its bid to rescue, rebuild and reposition the country from the ineptitude of the APC-led Federal Government.
“With Atiku’s plan, a number of issues that agitates the youths of our country would be addressed so that the country can begin to function and function properly,”
He said the APC were always referring to Lagos because the federal government had failed in the past seven years, adding that Abuja was becoming congested because the APC failed to construct new roads in the Federal Capital Territory.
“Because their performance at the national level is very abysmal hence they are running away from their real records and always referring to Lagos, a Lagos that gets flooded anytime it rains or the Lagos that people can’t move freely because of traffic congestion?
“For us we are going to by the grace of God talk about the country that works for all of us not a Lagos that is not even adding value to the standard of living of the people who live there.
” The kind of traffic congestion now in Abuja wasn’t there in 2015 and this is largely because the APC government has not been able to construct new roads since 2015 when they came on board,” Aniagwu stated.