Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki while speaking with newsmen at a meeting in Government House, Yenagoa on Monday reiterated that the consensus-building on who will emerge as the flag bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for the 2023 presidential election is yielding good results.
Saraki, who is also a presidential aspirant on the platform of party said they were also working to hold consultations with other aspirants from the party.
He said, “I know that there are moves already, some of the aspirants are also meeting amongst themselves. But the eventual thing is for all of the aspirants to meet. I think it’s easier when you are trying to reach consensus to start in blocs.”
Saraki noted that Nigeria is in terrible shape despite the propaganda of the ruling All Progressives Congress and it is only the PDP that could rescue the country and provide the right direction for citizens.
He, however, stressed that the PDP needed to be united in presenting a common front to take power from the APC in 2023.
He added that, himself, Tambuwal of sokoto and Bala Mohammed of Bauchi state believe that although they had individual interests, “the interest of Nigeria is far greater than individual interest.”
Saraki said the consultative meeting with Diri and other critical stakeholders of the party was geared towards consolidating the consensus-building and strengthening the unity of the party.
“We have come to seek his (Diri’s) support in this approach to the 2023 presidential elections and 2022 presidential primaries of the PDP. He has spoken very well and we feel very encouraged by his words.
“Our belief now is all about fixing and repairing this country. The job is enormous; a herculean task that not one person can do. Let us start now by building consensus to ensure the PDP will make Nigeria a better place.
Also speaking, Governor Diri commended Saraki, Tambuwal and Bala Mohammed for the move, adding “that there is no other way forward than the unity of purpose of the PDP.”
Diri said, “We must realise that, first, we are an opposition party. We are not a party in government and we cannot afford to factionalise and fractionalise our party by way of individual ambitions.”
He said the state chapter of the PDP was prepared to work assiduously for the unity of the party and its quest to take over the reins of governance to give Nigerians quality leadership and dividends of democracy.
The consultative meeting was held with Bayelsa State Governor, Douye Diri; Sokoto State Governor and Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum, Aminu Tambuwal and Bauchi State governor Bala Mohammed, on Monday.