2023: I won’t be an absentee president, says Tambuwal
By Valentine Amanze
Poples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant and the Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Wazili Tambuwal, has assured Nigerians that he would not be an absentee president if elected, promising that he would always be available to take charge of statutory duties and responsibilities.
Tambuwal gave the assurance in Minna, the Niger State capital, on Monday, while addressing Niger State delegates in preparation for the forthcoming delegates’ conference.
The presidential hopeful, who traced part of the country’s challenges to having “a leader who is always absent from duty”, assured, “I will not be an absentee president. I shall be there 24/7 to deliver on the people’s mandate”.
With the damages done to Nigeria’s polity in the past few years, Tambuwal said that what Nigeria needed was a credible leader who would return the country to the path of growth and socio-economic development, which could only be offered by the PDP.
“One of the greatest mistakes the PDP will make ahead of next year’s election is to put forward candidate that is not credible enough to deliver votes and also win the 2023 Presidential elections,” he said, insisting that he was the only candidate that could deliver for the PDP.
Describing himself as a unifier with the capacity to bring Nigerians together, Tambuwal, who tactically avoided questions on the murder of a female student of Shehu Shagari College of Education, Sokoto, Deborah Samuel, said that he had the potentials of uniting the various ethnic divides no matter the situation.
He said that Nigeria needed candidate with experience to bridge the gap and distrust created by the President Muhamadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration, while appealing to Niger delegates to consider his candidature as his developmental strides in Sokoto State attest to his capabilities.
Top on the agenda of his administration if voted in as President in 2023 include to restructure Nigeria to ensure that every segment and section of the country has a say in his government.
Responding, Niger State chairman of the PDP, Tanko Beji, commended Tambuwal for visiting the state to meet one-on-one with the delegates, adding however that the state has agreed not to consider Presidential aspirants that fail to visit Niger delegates ahead of the national conference.
Beji said, “We agreed that any presidential aspirant who does not visit Niger state will not be considered to get any of our votes. Because you have come here today, we will consider you based on what you have told us and we believe that you will keep to your words”.
Lamenting the dwindling fortunes of the country due to some policy summersault of the present administration, Beji said Nigeria needed rescue and only an energetic and visionary President who will be able to unite all the tribes and religion will be good enough for the job.