By Ayo Kehinde
Yesterday, Sunday was a special day for the Peoples Democratic Party as two presidential aspirants joined the race for the 2019 presidency on the party’s platform.
Senator Ahmed Makarfi, a former Governor of Kaduna State and former Caretaker Committee Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), formally announced his presidential ambition on Sunday, following the footstep of former Governor of Cross River State Donald Duke who threw his hat in the ring on Wednesday, also on the platform of the PDP.
That same Sunday, a U.S.-based woman, Princess Oyenike Oyedele Roberts, also join others jostling for the presidential ticket of the PDP.
Roberts, who declared her intention from her base in New York, reeled out a five point agenda with a slogan ‘Hope 2019’. Her agenda : Uninterrupted power supply, quality healthcare for all, creation of one million jobs annually, quality affordable education and security of lives and property.
Declaring his intention in Kaduna on Sunday, Makarfi who said he had consulted widely before formally making his declaration, harped on, “Restructuring the country, tackling insecurity, fighting corruption with due process and rule of law, improving the economy, reuniting the nation are top among what my administration will do for the country.’’
For Roberts, “Our political system is driven by money and that’s why we have the kind of leadership. The system should be driven by meritocracy – what you know to do, how to do it and the will to do it. That is what should drive people; it’s not how much money you have or how much money you can invest in a person that you can control at the end of the day.
“That’s what gave rise to the God-fatherism notion that it is who you know that gets you to the top. That system has continued for so long. But I’m seeing a new breed of leaders coming; a change that’s going to cause a shift in how we do politics in Nigeria. We don’t allow meritocracy to rule; we allow money to rule,” said the 50 something year old, Roberts who is has degrees in Office Administration & Technology, Information Security, and Technical communications.