2023: PDP Chieftain Counsels Party On Choice Of Candidate
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Segun Showunmi, former Spokesman to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, on Tuesday challenged Governors elected on the platform of the party to scout for a candidate who “can get the job done by uniting the country”, not a “kindergarten President.
In a statement made available to this newspaper, Showunmi said: “The would-be candidate to be backed. One major consideration must be who can get the job done, who can unite the country, who can assemble a great team and who can hit the ground running from day one. By the time the APC government of President Buhari is done, we will be in so much debt. The value of our Naira will be so low, underemployment and unemployment will be so high, the desperation of a high youth population will be so high that we can least afford a kindergarten president and commander in chief.
“Everyone wants to be President after Buhari but not everyone can do the work that a post-Buhari President will be called upon to do. Presidential powers and privileges mean nothing if the prerequisite experience is absent. We cannot jump from frying pan to fire.”
The outspoken government critic said: “By 2023, three zones will be most eligible – South East, North East and North Central. We must avoid the danger of a baton passing between just the North West and the South West. This is way too risky. With the agitation of the South East now, we can least afford, as a country, this type of agitation from the other zones who as of right must feel a need to occupy the Number One Seat in the country.
“In all of this, we have not matured enough as a country to think we can go this route. Remember our objective must be to form government because we believe we can “rescue” the country. We must look at the numbers well and play smart. I have refused to suggest where we should look, believing that I am speaking to leaders. May common sense prevail.”
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