Some presidential aspirants on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), have finally yielded to the call for consensus arrangement ahead of the party’s presidential primary election, slated for May 28th and 29th.
The aspirants who accepted the consensus arrangement said they did so in order to position the party for victory in the 2023 general election.
Former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, who spoke on behalf of other aspirants while briefing newsmen on the outcome of their visit to Governor Okezie Ikpeazu, of Abia State, in his country home in Obingwa LGA on Tuesday, said that the decision was informed by their determination to make Nigeria better.
Saraki said that the lives and welfare of Nigerians were more important than the individual ambition of every aspirant, adding that the arrangement would be in the best interest of Nigeria in the present circumstance.
According to him, the PDP needs to get things right before the presidential primary, adding: “If PDP wins, we all win; because we all are one”.
Speaking further, he said that any process that would lead to salvaging the nation from bad leadership should be activated.
He also lamented the deluge of blood across the nation due to the activities of terrorists like the massacre of 135 persons in Plateau State a few days ago.
He stated the urgent need to join hands to retrieve Nigeria from the hands of the ruling APC that has failed in all ramifications, adding that this was the first time aspirants would come together on their own to adopt a consensus arrangement.
He said that although the initiative was a tough challenge, they were convinced it would make Nigeria work.
Responding, Gov. Ikpeazu expressed delight over the development, saying that it had rekindled his hope in the emergence of a new Nigeria.
He described the consensus arrangement as “a commendable and altruistic initiative”, adding that it was borne out of the desire to forge an alliance to transform the nation.