Bala pushes for North East, South East presidency
• Saraki meets Imo PDP stalwarts, promises restructuring, ‘real’ democracy
Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant and Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed, has canvassed power shift either to the North East or the South-East geopolitical zones of the country.
Speaking during an interactive session with delegates in Awka, Anambra State, he argued that the call was based on the realisation that both zones have not produced occupant of the exalted seat since the return to democratic rule in the country.
Mohammed described the Igbo nation as critical in the Nigerian project, adding that their entrepreneurial ingenuity needs to be emulated by other parts of the country as a model for addressing poverty and unemployment in the country.
Bala, who expressed satisfaction over the warm reception accorded him, assured that he has the wherewithal to tackle the myriads of problems besetting the country.
The governor, whose campaign train met with delegates in neighbouring Ebonyi and Enugu states, reiterated his determination to ensure the defeat of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
He also promised to support whosoever emerged as the flag bearer of the party at the primary on May 28.
MEANWHILE, former senate president and presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Bukola Saraki, has promised to restructure Nigeria and administer the affairs of the country in real democratic ideals, while offering opportunities for greatness.
Saraki, who made the promise at the weekend during interaction with the leaders of the party in Owerri, noted that the country needed to be fixed by a sound, courageous and experienced person like him.
He promised that Nigerians would not regret electing him as their president, pledging to ensure equal opportunities to all, irrespective of ethnic, political and religious leanings.
The former governor of Kwara State said: “We need enabling environment and democratisation of opportunities for all Nigerians regardless of their ethnic and religious background.
“We also need a president who knows that equity and fairness are important for us. My paths have shown that I have demanded fairness and stood for justice. As senate president, I stood on the integrity of the National Assembly and suffered because I allowed the deputy senate president to come from South East.
“I am giving you this as an example that I have always stood for what is right. Today, I believe my experiences in executive, legislative arms of government and private sector stand me out above other aspirants.”
According to the PDP presidential hopeful, Nigeria required courageous force to restructure the nation.