The All Progressives Congress has been chastised for allegedly failing to improve the country’s status since the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd. ), seized power seven years ago.
Senator Bukola Saraki, a Presidential Aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, said this while addressing the delegates of the Party during his visit to Ibadan on Tuesday. He noted that when Buhari took over power in 2015, Nigeria was a weak state, but the country had degenerated into a failing state under his watch.
He claimed that in 2023, Nigeria needed a competent and highly detribalised President to reverse the rot in the system and that he was the best candidate for the position.
The former Senate President argued that Nigeria needed a leader who could unite the country’s people, claiming that ethnic, religious, and other attitudes prevented the country from taking its proper role.
He said, “Before Buhari and the APC government came to power, we were a weak nation, but now, we are a failing nation. There is a difference between a weak nation and a failing nation. But we need someone who can rescue us from becoming a failed state.
“We must elect someone who has the capacity. We need a man with experience. We need someone who can unite Nigerians, and I am that person. We need someone who can unite the old and the young together. Let us vote for the person that can unite the country.
“I am assuring you that I am the one. I have the capacity to do it. This country needs someone with energy to move the country forward.”
Saraki also visited Governor Seyi Makinde, who said the PDP would get it right to pick a candidate who would win the presidency and rescue Nigeria from further destruction.
He went on to say that the country has had many problems under the APC leadership and that it was past time for Nigerians to reject the party, arguing that government decency is needed.
Makinde said, ‘Some believe that in PDP, the least of our aspirants is better than the best APC wants to offer. In the next ten days, we have to take a very serious decision for our party and the country. I don’t doubt that we will get it right this time around.
“They say 24 hours is a long time in politics. So, we have to keep striving, pulling everybody together such that we can narrow the field and go to the presidential convention as a united family.”
Present to receive Saraki were the chairman of the PDP in the state, Dayo Ogungbenro; Secretary, Wasiu Adeleke; former Minister of State for Power, Dr Wole Oyelese; a member of the Board of Trustees of the PDP, Dr Saka Balogun; and Mrs Bose Adedibu, who is the South-West Women Leader of the party.