– Stakeholders have expressed concerns that the ambition of the aspirants might cause an implosion within the party
– A former minister of education and PDP presidential aspirant, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, is confident the party will scale through the challenge
Former Kano state governor and PDP presidential aspirant, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau has expressed confidence that the huge number of presidential aspirants vying for the party’s ticket in the 2019 presidential election would not lead to the party’s implosion.
Shekarau, a former minister of education, stated this in a statement after a condolence visit to the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson on the demise of his mother, at his Toru-Orua country home in Sagbama local government area of the state.
According to Shekarau, the number of aspirants in the opposition PDP, is a sign of hope, noting that what is important is how responsibly they conduct themselves and the business of their campaigns as a family.
He said it is God who decides who leads and all the aspirants are aware that only one person can win the ticket to represent the PDP in the presidential election scheduled for next year.
His words: “The beauty of politics is that it is about people, I always say the more the aspirants you have for many positions, the better for it. The number of presidential aspirants in the PDP is a sign of hope. It is hope that brings people to come out to contest elections.
“What is important is not how many aspirants that are contesting but how responsibly they are conducting themselves. How are they conducting the business of their campaigns as a family?
“Just last week, the PDP assembled all the presidential aspirants, we exchanged views on working together and working together like brothers.
“We know only one person will win and if we all move as a family, in the end whoever takes it, according to our two faiths, Islam and Christianity, God has already decided. It is He who decides who leads in the end and we all believe that.”
He described the cancer centre to be established by Governor Dickson in memory of his late mother, Mrs. Goldcoast Dickson who passed away recently, as the best thing to happen to the people of the state, Niger Delta and country at large.
Emphasising that the cancer centre is a well thought out idea not only in terms of remembering his mother but more importantly putting up the centre for the benefit of humanity.
In a brief remark, Governor Dickson said his family has become crusaders against the cancer scourge, which he noted has continued to ravage Bayelsa, Niger Delta and the country.
He expressed appreciation for the support and encouragement from well-meaning organisations and individuals. He advised people to go for cancer screening and medical checks.
Meanwhile, Alhaji Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the PDP, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot lay claim to 12 million votes from the north.
The former minister os special duties, made the statement at the PDP national secretariat in Abuja on Wednesday, August 29, where he obtained his nomination form.
Turaki who was represented by his campaign director of publicity, Sola Atere, said President Buhari does not have what it takes to garner so many northern votes again.
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