- Stanley Osifo, a PDP presidential aspirant, says the opposition party is reputable with mechanisms, structures and capacity to lead
- Osifo says he joined the PDP presidential race because of his passion for the nation, but is willing to support whoever emerges winner of the presidential primary, should he lose
- A poll predicts that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will win the PDP presidential primary and emerge as the presidential candidate of the party
A People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential aspirant, Stanley Osifo, has appealed to the party's leadership to allow him participate in its forthcoming convention on Saturday, October 6, in Port Harcourt, Rivers state.
Osifo, during a media briefing on Thursday, October 4, in Lagos, said his being the youngest in the race had a huge advantage for the PDP to win the 2019 presidential election.
The 42-year-old aspirant, who hails from Edo state, said the party was known to obey rule of law, and his candidature was a true test of the Not Too Young to Run Act, The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports.
He said some people had approached him to step down, but he had a vision to drive development of Nigeria which older politicians could not achieve.
The aspirant debunked insinuations that he was being sponsored against the party, describing the allegation as false.
“Three days ago, I had conversation with one of our party leaders who mentioned to me that there are insinuations that I am being sponsored to come to the party to spy or do one thing or the other.
“I have told those who gave me that information that it is not correct; and I want the world and Nigerians to know that the information about being sponsored is not true, not correct; it is baseless, it is unfounded.
“Whoever is propagating such falsehood does not have anything to back it up,” he said.
Osifo said the PDP is a reputable party with mechanisms, structures and capacity to lead, and appealed to its leadership to verify the truth and not listen to side talk.
He said although the presidency was zoned to the north, aspirants had not always adhered to the zoning rule since 2003 in the party.
The aspirant said he decided to join the race because of his passion for the nation, but was willing to support whoever emerges winner of the presidential primary, should he lose.
“I have made my intentions known to the party that I am not withdrawing from the race,” he said.
Osifo called for fair play and equity for all the aspirants in Saturday’s convention.
He said Nigeria was being run as the poorest economy in spite of enormous resources in the nation.
“When I come on board, I will turn things around for good in Nigeria,” he said.
While fielding questions from journalists, he explained that he loved the PDP so much, but was not at its senatorial and governorship primaries because it was meant for delegates only.
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Duru Okadigbo, the director-general of his campaign team, said that Osifo and his team would be at the convention and should be given a chance to test the aspirant’s popularity.
Meanwhile, a former vice president of Nigeria and presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has been adjudged as the best candidate to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 presidential election.
In an online Twitter poll conducted by @PDP_RIVERS, Atiku Abubakar, trounced Senate President Bukola Saraki, governor of Sokoto state Aminu Tambuwal and former governor of Kano state Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.
At the end of voting on Thursday, October 4, Atiku polled 48% of the total votes cast followed by Saraki with 37%, Kwankwaso 11% and Tambuwal 4%
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