But for the mandatory election of a presidential flag bearer of the party by its delegates, Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal would have unanimously been the choice of the party, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prof. Iyorchia Ayu, has said.
Prof. Ayu disclosed this when Governor Tambuwal led his campaign organisation to meet the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party at its Wadata Plaza headquarters, Abuja, on Friday.
“You’re one of those who are very, very well prepared with your experience in both legislative and the executive arm of government,” he said of the Sokoto State governor, adding that he is one of the eminently qualified aspirants lined up for presidential primary election by the party.
Ayu also noted Tambuwal’s legal background as a qualifier, stressing that if he is elected to fly the party’s flag, he “will actually run the country with the fear of God and the rule of law.”
The PDP Chairman who expressed gratitude to the governor for his efforts and contributions to the party at various levels over the years, recalled that he midwifed the emergence of this NWC. “We are your babies. But we have grown up now to be your parents,” Ayu said.
The party’s helmsman noted further that Tambuwal is very familiar with many members of the NWC. “I just hope that they will not be biased in your favour. There are too many members on your constituency, including the Secretary and my humble self, who are all members of the National Assembly,” Ayu said.
He, however, noted: “We as a National Working Committee, in spite of the pressure on most of us, we are working round the clock to make sure that we provide a strong platform, provide not just a level playing field but transparently follow the tradition of the People’s Democratic Party.
“We’ve never had a controversial convention and we’re trying our best to follow the footsteps of previous administration.
“Rest assured that come 28th of this month, we shall all gather in a place in Nigeria and give you the necessary atmosphere to present yourself to the party delegates and your votes, the votes will be counted very openly as we always do and at the end of the day, if it’s the will of God and the delegates that it is you that emerges, we will also be sure that the party will be in a very safe hand.
“We will not only campaign vigorously for the candidate of the PDP but everything will be done to make sure that the party returns to power come February 2023.”
Earlier in his remarks, Governor Tambuwal had enumerated his credentials as numero uno in the country’s lower legislative chamber, his membership of the Body of Benchers and his current position as two term Governor of Sokoto State. He expressed his confidence that he foots the bill to fly the party’s flag as he is a bridge builder that Nigerians need as for today.
“A bridge between the old and the young; and the bridge that will now continue to reconnect every part of this country. I believe I have all of those qualities,” he said.