As the call for the presidential race continues, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party in Edo State, Barr. Kenneth Imasuangbon has backed the ambition of former Vice President of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, to run the presidential race in 2023.
Imasuangbon made this known in a statement on Thursday. He said Atiku is the party’s best candidate to defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress in the race for the number one seat.
He noted that the former Vice President has the prerequisite experience contacts across the country and had impacted many lives through his many philanthropic works and therefore fit for the position.
He said, “What I want PDP members to understand and focus on is winning the election. We cannot field candidates Nigerians do not know and trust.
“How on earth can someone argue that Atiku should not be given our party’s ticket on account of his age? Age is not a curse but a blessing.
“If we are talking about fairness, equity, and justice, power should remain in the North. He is the most qualified in the North, and don’t forget that the North East has not produced the President. Even if you leave the presidency open, he is the most qualified, and his presidency will usher in prosperity for the country.
“From 1999, the South had done 14 years while the North will have 11 years by the time Buhari completes his tenure next year. There is a four years deficit for the North to balance up.
“[The] PDP where I belong, the North has not finished its tenure. Obasanjo did eight years, Yar’ Adua did two years, and Jonathan did six years. In fairness, they should take it to the North.
“Atiku is well known across the country. He is the best option to defeat the APC. I want to appeal to PDP governors and other members to support Atiku,” the statement read.
Meanwhile, recently Some chieftains of the PDP had asked Atiku to support younger aspirants from the Southern part of the country.
He warned Governors and other party chieftains not to present Atiku in a bad light, adding that they should call their supporters to order and stop them from defaming Atiku.