The Governor of Sokoto State, and chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, has told leaders of the People’s Democratic Party that unity is all it needs to win the 2023 presidential election.
He stated this Thursday while speaking at a consultative meeting with chairpersons of the 36 state chapters of the party at the Sokoto State governor’s lodge, Abuja. The governor noted that PDP is the party to beat in 2023.
Tambuwal also revealed that he had begun preliminary consultations to declare his interest in the presidency.
According to him: “Unity of purpose and understanding and working together for us to realise the all-important goal of rescuing Nigeria is very important.
“Consultations are ongoing, and we will have to comply with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) guidelines as a responsible political party. So nothing stops the consultations from continuing.
“Our party stands a chance, and it is the party to beat in Nigeria today,” he said.
Meanwhile, Hassan Hyat, who spoke on behalf of the Kaduna State chapter of the PDP, said the party is coming back to restore Nigeria. He stressed that the meeting was to inform them of Tambuwal’s interest in the race officially.
He charged all aspirants to close ranks and be reminded that the Presidential seat would only have a single occupant at any given time.
“We are more interested in the party’s unity as our number one cardinal objective because we believe that the party has to come back to rescue Nigeria. We are asking everybody to join forces.
“We cannot have more than one President at a time, and therefore, among all others, there must be unity of purpose amongst them like just among all other members of the party. We want to move together and ensure that whoever picks the ticket wins the election.
“So, to us, it is not just an issue of primaries, it is an issue of the secondary election which is more important,” he said.
Also speaking, the former governor of Sokoto State, Attahiru Bafarawa, noted that he is in the “Tambuwal for President” ship because “I know personally he is capable and can do it.”
He urged the party chairmen to take their place in the sun and cultivate a productive friendship that would impact them positively even after elections were over.
“I’m telling you, the man seated with me here (Tambuwal) will never in life abandon you. If I know that he will abandon you, honestly speaking, I will not be with him. So, I know who I am following, and I am confident that he will never abandon you,” he said.