Makinde backs consensus deal as Saraki, Tambuwal and others visit Ibadan – The Whistler Nigeria

Oyo State Governor Seyi Makinde said the People’s Democratic Party presidential candidate for the 2023 elections would be someone who would have everyone’s support.

The Governor, who was speaking on Tuesday as he received the party’s top presidential aspirants who visited him at Government House, Agodi, Ibadan, said the party would ensure that the presidential candidate emerges by a consensual agreement.

Makinde, who received the team of presidential aspirants including former Senate Speaker, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal, Bauchi State Governor, Senator Bala Mohammed, and prominent economist and banker Mohammed Hayatudeen, said PDP stakeholders would work hand in hand to ensure the consensus option materializes.

A statement from the governor’s chief press secretary, Taiwo Adisa, said the governor is committed to working with the aspirants to ensure that the PDP selects a consensual presidential candidate.

He praised the presidential candidates for coming up with the idea of ​​consensus and noted that the party will work together to give Nigeria a president through a process that has “everyone’s buy-in”.

He said: “I really want to thank you, my senior colleagues, for this visit. We discussed in camera the matter of the consensual arrangements that we are trying to put in place. We did this at our last party convention, and it was the first time that the PDP was able to achieve the appointment of a national president for the party through a consensual agreement.

“We believe we can do it and we also believe that Nigerians will take this party seriously when they know that we are all working together to give them a president through a process that everyone is on board with; where there is no rancor between the stakeholders. So, I promise my older brothers that we will work hand in hand to ensure the success of this consensual arrangement.

“I also said that internally we will make sure that people understand what we are trying to do. And where there is an iota of doubt or confusion. We will put in place a mechanism where it will be addressed almost immediately as we move forward.

Saraki, who spoke on behalf of the team, said the team of presidential aspirants came to Ibadan to brief Makinde on the plan for a consensus candidate among the aspirants.

Saraki said, “We are here this afternoon to meet with the Governor of Oyo State who is a key player in our party. We have gone around and we have to come and inform him of the idea of ​​the consensual arrangement that we are trying to make together.

“We looked at the country today – the difficulties and the insecurity that our people are going through, and it is clear that only our party, the PDP, can provide a better future for this country. But we believe that we have to- be ready for government in 2023, by uniting and being focused.

“It should not be about our individual interests but those of Nigerians. Of course, we all have our individual interests in becoming president, but we have decided in our meetings that we are ready to submit to a consensual arrangement. It is not only for a part of the country, but for the PDP as a party. Even, whoever emerges cannot rebuild this country on their own will need everyone’s support and we want the foundation to start from this process, and that’s why we are here.

“We all know that Governor Makinde is a great member of the party, who has worked very hard for this party and we have come to train him to address some of these concerns because without the opportunity for him to know what we do, it will be wrong for us to assume that he understands the reason behind it.

“As usual, we had a very useful meeting with him and he added his insights, value and commitment. We know he has no more interest than the interest of how Nigeria can be better and we too have no other interest. We therefore thank Your Excellency for receiving us.

“We were in Asaba yesterday (Monday) and I read a particularly mischievous article. It’s not about who gets what, but about the insecurity and difficulties of this country. How to improve everyone’s life and how can we work as a team? That’s what we’re here for.”


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