Posted by News Express | 28 August 2018 | 4,214 times
A number of State Governors and retired Military Generals have thrown their weight behind the presidential ambition of leading Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) aspirant, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN.
Investigations showed that they pledged their support in the course of Turaki’s on-going national consultations ahead of the forthcoming PDP National Convention. Turaki, at various times Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs, Supervising Minister of Labour and Productivity and Chairman, Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North East, has visited most parts of the country in the course of his consultations.
Some of the State Governors are said to be from the South-South and South-East geo-political zones while the Generals come from various parts of the country. They are said to have settled for Turaki based on the facts that he is untainted by the tar of corruption, well-educated, has a good grasp of Nigeria’s problems and solutions, and boasts proven record of performance both as a lawyer and a public servant.
“Besides, Turaki has age and dynamism on his side, being neither old nor too young for the onerous task of President, and comes from the part of the country to which the party has zoned its presidential ticket for the 2019 elections,” a competent source close to the Kabiru Tanimu Turaki Presidential Campaign Organisation said over the weekend.
The source explained that the high-profile endorsements partly account for Turaki’s optimism as he pushes ahead to reach every PDP chapter and personally interact with them before the forthcoming Presidential primary.
Asked for comments, Umar Sani, Deputy Director of Media for the Turaki Campaign Organisation, acknowledged that his principal “enjoys widespread support” but said he would rather prefer to speak on why Turaki deserves the PDP presidential ticket instead of being drawn into the politics of who may have endorsed him.
“His words: “Turaki is sufficiently informed and experienced to provide the solution to Nigeria’s problems. He is a bridge builder and has the integrity, knowledge, good health and dynamism to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari. He can lead the crusade for PDP’s victory in the 2019 polls and save Nigeria from the precipice.”
Umar added that Turaki is also a firm believer in the restructuring of the country and has vowed to take bold steps in this regard if given the PDP ticket and eventually elected the country’s President. “I can also assure you that, if, given the mandate, Turaki will improve the country’s security and economy while equally ensuring justice for all parts of the country,” Umar said.
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