Turaki, standing right, addressing Ondo State PDP members
Frontline PDP presidential Aspirant and former Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, has said that the ruling APC government is scared and has gone into a desperation mode and inflicting vendetta on politicians holding contrary opinion because the opposition parties have decided to unite more than ever before to wrest power from them.
He said that the APC is jittery also, because Nigerians have determined to take their destiny in their own hands by acquiring their Permanent Voters’ Cards to vote out the ruling party and its baggage of propaganda, poverty, unemployment, insecurity, hopelessness, intimidation and violation of rights and the rule of law.
The presidential aspirant stated this at the Ondo State PDP secretariat in Akure on Wednesday, in continuation of his consultations with state executive committees, delegates and elders of the party ahead of the PDP’s national convention.
Turaki accused the APC of extreme discriminatory approach to the fight against corruption, which, he noted, was spearheaded and reinforced by the PDP at the onset of the current democratic dispensation in 1999.
He noted that ironically, a sizable number of the APC’s current bigwigs including some defectors in their ranks, were part and parcel of the past PDP administrations labeled as corrupt by APC which ceased to hound them with the EFCC once they defected, while loyal PDP leaders were being investigated and discredited in the media even when the law do not justify such an action.
He pointed out that corruption is not about money only, and asked: “When you give your own people unfair advantage in employment as the APC is doing now, or when people or groups are being treated unfairly simply because they do not come from your area or did not vote for you, what is that?”
He also accused the government of destroying the economy which it inherited on May 29, 2015 as the fastest-growing in Africa and number three in the world after China and Qatar, and pledged that visionary economic policies and highly knowledgeable and respected experts would be put in place to restore the sector to the glorious era.
Turaki who was once the chairman, Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North East said that the security challenges bedeviling the country currently would be tackled in a much more robust and effective manner, if given the chance to serve.
A cross section of PDP members listening with rapt attention
He lamented that Nigerians had never been so divided as now with an increased resurgence of agitations for self-determination and pledged that, as a bridge builder, he will ensure a turnaround situation that would bring peace and trust required to galvanize the people for accelerated development.
He said: “The situation in Nigeria today is so serious that we must come together to tighten our nuts to make the Nigerian Project solid.”
Turaki, who commended the current PDP national leadership led by Prince Uche Secondus for its policy of justice, equity and fairness, traced the genesis of the party’s recent crisis and the steps, which he and other concerned members took in salvaging the PDP from disintegrating.
He therefore warned that members should resolve never to allow charlatans again to determine their affairs.
The Ondo State chairman of the party, Engineer Clement Faboyede remarked that Turaki had won their hearts with his dynamism, and the intellectual depth and eloquence of his analysis of how to make Nigeria greater, while the chairman of the elders committee, Professor Olu Agbi said that he saw in the aspirant, a leader who would re-unite and take the country to the desired level of development in the 21st century.