Saraki and Tambuwal, other PDP presidential candidates agree consensual deal

At least four presidential candidates on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party say they will agree to a consensus deal to position the party for victory in 2023.

The aspirants made the revelation while briefing reporters on the outcome of their visit to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu of Abia at his country house in Umuobiakwa in Obingwa Local Government Area (LGA) on Tuesday.

Speaking on behalf of other aspirants, former Senate Speaker Bukola Saraki said the decision was based on their determination to improve Nigeria.

He said the lives and welfare of Nigerians were more important than the individual ambition of each aspirant.

He said, “Nigerians are going through hardship and insecurity.

“It’s the events happening in the country that make some of us see that we’re doing the right thing.

“Let me reassure Nigerians that we are very determined and driven to make this country work.

“If that’s the sacrifice we’re going to make to change things in Nigeria, we want to let Nigerians know that we’re ready to do that.”

Mr Saraki said they were in Abia to seek the Governor’s support to ensure that the consensual arrangement would work for the PDP to win the general election.

He added that Mr. Ikpeazu’s encouraging words had inspired and motivated them to move forward.

Mr Saraki said it was the first time the candidates had come together alone to adopt a consensual agreement.

He said that although the initiative was a difficult challenge, they were confident that it would make Nigeria work.

“We are heading to Enugu to see the Governor of the State and by the time we have visited Enugu we will have completed the 19 state PDP tour and the Governors have shown their support,” he said.

In response, Mr. Ikpeazu expressed his joy at the development, saying he had rekindled his hope in the emergence of a new Nigeria.

He described the consensual arrangement as “a commendable and selfless initiative”.

He said it was born out of a desire to forge an alliance to transform the nation.

“I want to say that you have my commitment and cooperation moving forward and I will do my part to bring us all together.

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“The survival of our country, the interest of the poor masses of the country should come before any personal program that we have.

“I am happy that Nigeria has patriots and leaders who can put Nigeria first,” the governor said.

He promised to support efforts to unite the party and help it present a common front in the upcoming elections.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the aspirants included Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State and Mohammed Hayatu-Deen.


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