…With same-religion Tickets.
by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna
Political group, ‘The Diaspora Support’ (TDS), comprising of thousands of Nigerians in the Diaspora have endorsed the candidature of Governors of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, that of Rivers State, Barr. Nyesom Wike and former Governor of Lagos State, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, as “credible” for 2023 Presidency.
The decision to endorse the trio was arrived at during Nigerians in the Diaspora meeting held in Manchester, United Kingdom, to review the state-of-the-nation back home in Nigeria, with respect to security, development, economy and the 2023 general elections.
A statement issued and signed by the meeting convener, Hon Yunana Shibkau, Hon Osamudiamen Aghedo (Head Strategy and International Mobilization), and Prince Madiba Ibrahim Lapinni (Head Nigeria’s Strategy and Mobilization) also endorsed Muslim-Muslim and Christian-Christian tickets for the 2023 Presidential Race.
Leaders of the TDS, in a release made available to journalists on Friday morning in Kaduna, stated that the decision was also “in tandem with the view to working to ensure the emergence of a credible leadership” that will reposition Nigeria for desired growth and greatness.
“We noted with regrets how the country has rapidly declined in standard of living, occasioned by galloping inflations that had deepened the poverty of the people and multiplied their miseries in the process.
“These remain the key ingredients that stoke the fires of multidimensional conflicts and propensity for religious and ideological extremism that go a long way to undermine development.
“This thus informed the need to elect capable leaders, who can make a difference in leadership delivery for the betterment of the people. Many respected Nigerians have signified their interest to contest for the exalted position, come 2023. This, no doubt, is their fundamental constitutional rights,” it stated.
The release further stated, “After due deliberations, the group hereby endorse the Executive Governor of Sokoto State, Rt Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Former Governor of Lagos State, Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the Governor of Rivers State, Bar Nyesom Wike. The trio was picked from among several prominent Nigerians, who were considered as possible presidential candidates for 2023.
“The trio came tops during a shadow election, preceded with a robust debate, on likely future presidents at the meeting. The group took interest in Tambuwal because he is an achiever, a nationalist, a visionary leader that is tested and trusted. He is competent, has character and the wisdom to unite the nation and rebuild it. He is a man that has imbibed the leadership qualities of past Heads of State in Nigeria.
“He has emulated and imbibef the leadership qualities of General Yakubu Gowon (rtd), General Olusegun Obasanjo (rtd) and Alhaji Shehu Shagari, who as leaders promoted unity and prosperity of Nigeria without any iota of discrimination, based on tribe or religion.
“The group took interest in Tinubu because he is one politician with the best résumé to reposition Nigeria for greatness. He has political clout and national appeal and a very strong and robust democratic credential.
“He fought for the restoration of democracy in Nigeria and has what it takes to be the President of Nigeria. He has transformed Lagos State to be the economic capital of Africa and has the propensity for human capital development. He is detribalized and there is nothing wrong with Muslim-Muslim ticket or Christian-Christian ticket.
“We took interest in Nyesom Wike because he has and, continues to demonstrate, good governance in Rivers State. He delivers the dividends of democracy to his people and he will do the same, if elected as the President of Nigeria.
“He is patriotic, detribalized and courageous to the extent of fight for justice and equity for all Nigerians. We pledge to work and mobilize for the realization of a president that is in tandem with the aspirations of a better and greater Nigeria, in tandem with the mission of other patriotic Nigerians at home and in Diaspora,” they stated.
They, therefore, urged all Nigerians, irrespective of tribe or religion, to support the emergence of a president that will unite and enhance the greatness of Nigeria in 2023 for the social, political and economic development of the country.