Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State and a presidential aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) have called for unity and oneness in the party as it prepares for the 2023 general elections.
Tambuwal gave the advice on Saturday in Abakaliki while addressing party faithful, delegates and his supporters during a consultative visit to Ebonyi.
The aspirant noted that the party needed unity at every level of leadership, especially at both state and national levels, in order to defeat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming general elections.
“By the grace of God, come May 29, 2023 PDP will be re-enacted in Ebonyi; PDP will take over the Government House in Ebonyi and takeover The Villa (State House) in Abuja.
“I’m sure we want to win the elections; I’m sure we want to win 2023, then we must remain united in Ebonyi and in Nigeria.
`We must nominate candidate that is credible, that has capacity and competence to win the election along with other leaders of our great party in Ebonyi and in Nigeria,” Tambuwal said.
The former Speaker of the House of Representatives also called on the party delegates to nominate a pan-Nigerian, a nationalist and someone who is electable to become the party’s presidential flag bearer in the 2023 elections.
“You know that it’s important and by the grace of God, that you have a presidential candidate who along with other leaders of the party, members and people of goodwill from this country can win the presidency of Nigeria.
“Someone who is electable, somebody when he comes to Ebonyi, he is at home; somebody when he gets to Kwara he is at home, when he gets to Lagos he is at home, when he gets to Akwa Ibom he is at home and when he gets to Bornu he is at home; I am such candidate.
“When you give me the flag of our party, I have the capacity; I have the competence, I have the right character and temperament to provide leadership.
“Even in APC they know that once I emerge as the candidate of our great party, APC will collapse and we will win the election,” he added.
The presidential hopeful said that agriculture would be given a boost while the administration’s economic and social policies would address youth unemployment, insecurity and lack of industrialisation.
Tambuwal said that youths would be trained in requisite skills to ensure economic development and empowerment.
Earlier, Mr Silas Onu, State Chairman of the PDP thanked the presidential aspirant for the visit to Ebonyi and promised that by May 29, 2023 that PDP would takeover the Government House and also Rock Villa.
He said: “We are confident that this will happen because from the purchase of forms you will see where the momentum lies.
“In PDP, we have 13 governorship aspirants but in the opposing party, I doubt if they are up to five that bought forms because there is no momentum there and people are not interested in what they are doing.
“People beg us every day to put our acts together because they are hoping on PDP to redeem them from the present quagmire.
“Your Excellency, you’ll become the number one citizen of the country; if God lays His hands on you, no man can stop it.
“We beg you, don’t forget us when you get there; don’t forget this state when you become the president,” Onu pleaded with Tambuwal. nan.