Following a recent report, four of the Peoples Democratic Party’ s (PDP) presidential aspirants have stated that they will accept a consensus agreement in order to help the party win in 2023.
The aspirants revealed this while briefing journalists on the results of their Tuesday visit to Abia Governor Okezie Ikpeazu’ s Umuobiakwa country home in Obingwa Local Government Area (LGA).
On behalf of the other candidates, former Senate President Bukola Saraki said the decision was based on their desire to improve Nigeria.
He stated that Nigerians’ lives and well- being were more important than any aspirant’ s personal ambition.
He stated: ” Nigerians are going through hardship and insecurity. ” These are the events that are happening in the country that make some of us to see that we are doing the right thing.
” Let me reassure Nigerians that we are very determined and driven by the determination to make this country work.
” If this is the sacrifice that we will make to turn things around in Nigeria, we want to let Nigerians know that we are willing to make it. “
Saraki stated that they were in Abia to seek the governor’ s support in order to ensure the success of the consensus agreement and the PDP’ s victory in the general elections.
Ikpeazu’ s encouraging words, he continued, had inspired and motivated them to keep going.
This was the first time aspirants had come together on their own to reach an agreement, according to Saraki.
Saraki stated that, despite the fact that the initiative was difficult, he was confident that it would make Nigeria work.
He stated, ” We are heading for Enugu to see the governor of the state and by the time we have visited Enugu, we would have completed the tour of the 19 PDP states and the governors have shown their support. “
Ikpeazu expressed his delight, saying that the development had reawakened his faith in the emergence of a new Nigeria.
He praised the consensus agreement as ” a commendable and altruistic initiative. “
It arose from a desire to form an alliance in order to transform the country, he explained.
The Governor stated, ” I want to say that you have my commitment and cooperation to move on and I will do my bit to ensure that all of us come together.
” The survival of our country, interest of the poor masses of the country should come before whatever personal agenda we have.
” I am happy that Nigeria has patriots and leaders, who are capable of putting Nigeria first. “
He pledged to support efforts to unite the party and present a united front during the upcoming elections.
According to the News of Nigeria (NAN), candidates include the Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State, and Alhaji Mohammed Hayatu- Deen of Bauchi State.