The Alhaji Atiku Abubakar-Ifeanyi Okowa presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 elections has promised Nigerians that it will successfully rescue Nigeria with a practical approach to the job.
Charles Aniagwu, the information commissioner for Delta State, provided the assurance on Friday during a live broadcast of “Focus Today” on African Independent Television (AIT).
He declared that the PDP Federal Government would take use of the recognised skills and abilities of its leader to restore the nation, particularly in addressing the weakening economy, escalating insecurity, unemployment, and poverty.
He claimed that Nigerians were eager for a change in the country’s governance because they had endured a very frustrating period, particularly in the crucial areas that the All Progressives Congress (APC), which had been in power for seven years, had promised to address but had abjectly failed to do so.
He claims that because the APC failed to uphold its campaign pledges, Nigerians now have higher expectations for change as a result of the country’s security concerns, economic development, and anti-corruption crusade.
“Beyond members of our party, Nigerians believe that the PDP should get it right as the major option for the people ahead of the 2023 general election.
“Our economy is at its lowest ebb, corruption and the need to curb it and the issue of hunger, poverty and unemployment as people are no longer sure of where their next meal will come from.
These are some of the issues that leaders must interrogate as we move closer to the 2023 general elections.
“It will no longer be business as usual, it is not enough to identify these challenges, leaders must tell Nigerians how they intend to address them.
“I am confident that the PDP candidate Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta have articulated the issues they want to tackle and how they intend to rescue the country,”
The Delta Information Commissioner claimed that Atiku was crucial to the expansion of the economy under the Obasanjo administration and added that Governor Okowa has improved the state of Delta’s economy over the past seven years with the help of his political and administrative shrewdness.
He claimed that the Atiku-Okowa ticket will put the party back on the path to success and lead the nation back to the path of progress that had eluded it for the last seven years.
“The Atiku-Okowa ticket have the needed experience to turn things around for this country because Nigeria is like a patient in an emergency room, you need a doctor who is well equipped to go and carry out the operation to rescue the country,” he stated.
Aniagwu further said the party has commenced a hunt for credible Nigerians across political, religious or ethnic sentiments to give strength to its recovery plan for Nigeria.
“What Atiku and Okowa want to do is not what you are used to. They want to look at the elements in the youths; that vibrancy…. The Atiku/Okowa ticket will return power to the youths and appreciate the role and position of women”.
On the capacity of Governor Okowa to galvanize votes for the PDP, Aniagwu said that beyond Okowa’s acceptability, he valued consensus and does not run a one-man show.
‘’This means that Okowa will work with other leaders in the south and across the country to galvanize the voters. He believes that to have an inroad in Rivers State, for example, he will need leaders led by Wike to get the votes.
‘’Okowa will work with Wike very well. Okowa will also reach out to our brothers and sisters in the South-west and in the South-east which is already happening. The challenge at hand is not a one-man show’’ he said.
In response to the north/south divide in the choice of Nigeria’s next leader, Mr. Aniagwu urged Nigerians to abandon such polarising tendencies, which are allegedly supported by the current Federal Government.
‘’We agree that the Buhari administration has not been able to open up our system for us to appreciate our diversity rather, they took advantage of this diversity in the wrong way. Atiku and Okowa will make this diversity work for us positively.
‘’Everybody knows Atiku as a man who is much detribalized and Okowa as a man who believes that everybody has a role to play irrespective of tribe. When you have these two individuals who are open and believe in the strength of everybody, it is an advantage.
‘’Development-wise, what we have done in Delta State and what Atiku did with former President Olusegun Obasanjo is enough for them to know that there is something new that is coming on the horizon” he said.