President of the Senate and 2019 Presidential Aspirant under the Platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki with the Governor of Ebonyi State, Engr. Dave Umahi, Senator Chukwuka Utazi, Director General of the Saraki Campaign Organization, Hon. Mohammed Wakil and other guests during the commencement of his nationwide meet the delegates tour in Ebonyi State yesterday.
Leaders of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the North-Central zone have resolved to present a consensus candidate for the forthcoming 2019 Presidential Elections. They also said the time was ripe for the zone to produce the next President of Nigeria since it has competent, capable and experienced aspirants that can improve the fortune of the country and her people.
The resolution was taken at a meeting held Wednesday evening at Grand Ibro Hotel, Abuja, attended by party leaders from the region, which consisted of former governors, former and serving legislators, members of the business community and the academia. Senate President, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, briefed them on his intention to seek the Office of the President.
However, the choice of who the consensus aspirant from the zone will be is yet to be decided.
The PDP leaders from the region also emphasised that it is the turn of the North Central region to produce the President of Nigeria, while also mandating the leaders to engage their counterparts in other geopolitical zones with a view to convincing them to support the consensus aspirants that will be produced by from the North-central.
Speaking to the leaders from the region, Saraki, stated that the North Central region has been a stabilising factor in Nigeria, and from previous experience, it is clear that its leaders have the capacity and willp-power to unite and develop Nigeria.
“Our zone has been the stabilising factor in Nigeria for many years, and it is clear that we need to continue to fight for the soul of our nation. The 2019 polls is not just an election, it is about winning the soul of Nigeria. Right now, to me, and I’m sure to all the other contestants under the umbrella of our great party, nothing is more important than for us than to rescue our people from the clutch of poverty, insecurity and ensure that we bring development to all Nigerians.
“As we move forward, we all need to be courageous. We must provide compassionate leadership for our people. We must protect our people. We must give them live and hope. Our people are asking: “What did we do wrong?” Therefore, right now, we need to be courageous. We must provide competent and compassionate leadership for this country,” the Senate President said.
Saraki also emphasised that leaders from the North Central have demonstrated great capacity to lead, saying that they have always performed well on national assignments.
The Senate President called for the leaders to rally around individuals who have a track record of providing competent and united leadership, stating that a candidate from the North Central would help to bridge the divides across the nation.
Earlier, in his opening remarks, the zonal vice chairman of the North-Central, Mr. Theophilus Dakah Shan, agreed that it was true that the North Central serves as a cardinal point for where Nigeria will go.
“Although we are called a conglomerate of minority groups, we are a powerful conglomerate that believes in the unity and stability of Nigeria. We have seen how David Mark held the Senate together for eight years, in the same way that Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, has shown courage, leadership and competence in stabilising the 8th Senate over the past three years — which has helped it to record significant achievements. Saraki is representing the North Central region very well”, he stated.
In his closing remarks, former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu, said that the North Central region had to unite, because the insecurity in the country is felt most in the zone.