BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and governor of Sokoto State, Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has assured that a vote for him as president come 2019, will be a vote for the re-unification of Nigeria, which is currently divided along ethnic, religious and other primordial lines.
Tambuwal, who was addressing the party’s delegates from the Federal capital Territory (FCT) in Abuja on Thursday, said that if given the mandate, he would reposition and restructure Nigeria to ensure that every region in the country realizes its full potentials.
He said that his aspiration was fired and motivated by the spirit to rescue Nigeria by taking back power from the hands of incompetent leaders and ensuring that the Nigerian people are united and the country secured.
According to him; “Our country has never been this divided and there is the urgent need to rescue this country. As a country, we have the resources and the manpower. What is lacking is the right leadership that has the capacity to harness these resources to develop Nigeria and make one of the great nations in the world.
“If elected president, I would assemble a team of qualified and competent Nigerians to ensure that the country is not only secured but also reposition so that all our children are in school, properly trained and gainfully employed.”
To avoid the possibility of Nigerian children being lured into joining bad groups like Boko Haram, Tambuwal said his administration would vigorously pursue deliberate policies of ensuring that no Nigerian child is out of school.
On restructuring, Tambuwal declared: “I also believe in restructuring Nigeria. Let every region of Nigeria realize its full potentials. I know and respect the agenda of each region and what they are all yearning for.”
“The people of the South-south want the opportunity of utilizing the wealth that comes from oil to develop their region; the people of South-east want more states created out of the region, the North want better education and more development and the South-west people are agitating for true federalism and devolution of power.
“As a government, we shall create the opportunity for us to all sit down and look as these aspirations. I am not that president of Nigeria that will shut down the people from agitating for their rights and demands.”
Tambuwal assured that if elected president, his administration would have a good representation of women and the youths in the cabinet because “the bulk of our women and youths are very productive, and we can harness these potential.
Responding, the Chairman of FCT PDP, Alhaji Ibrahim Biko, assured Governor Tambuwal of support from the FCT delegates saying; “we believe you will carry us along. We are promising that we shall not disappoint you.”
He lamented that in spite of the vast lands that had been taken away by the Federal Government from the indigenes of the FCT, “we are not recognized and we are not represented in government.”