A chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta, Chief Fred Majemite, has revealed the reason the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, wants to become the Nigerian leader.
Speaking with reporters in Abuja on Sunday, Majemite said Abubakar has contested for the Presidency more than three times because he is eager to serve the country and understands the nation’s problems.
The PDP stalwart stated that the former Vice President is not a desperate politician as claimed by some members of the opposition parties and his critics.
Majemite, therefore, urged Nigerians to judge Abubakar by his manifesto and vote for him in the 2023 presidential election.
He said: “You know in politics once you have been beaten by the bug and you really want to prove a point that you will do better, you continue to be involved.
“Atiku Abubakar is eager to serve not desperate, hence his constant interest to be president of the country.
“If he was desperate, he had the option to be president after former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s first term, but he refused the option, remember at that time he had all the structures.
“But he is eager to serve the country at the presidential level, that is why he always brings himself up to contest for the number one seat.
“He is one man that understands the problems of Nigeria, so I think, we should give him a chance. He has come out with his own programme, so we should judge him by that.”
Majemite stated that Abubakar should tackle insecurity and power problems if he is elected as the next President in 2023,
The PDP stalwart opined that once the issues are tackled, investors would naturally troop into the country.
He said: “First thing is primarily he should ensure complete and total eradication of insecurity or reduction to a very minimal level. After that, it’s not yet Uhuru in the power sector. When we talk about the free fall of the naira, we will continue to have this problem, if we don’t get the power crisis sorted out.
“This is because the cost of running a small business is something else due to the cost of diesel. Even solar light, though a welcome development, but how many people can afford it now?
“Even the companies we have here can be revived because as it is now, most companies in the country have gone underground because no electricity to run them.
“If he can solve the power problem, he would have been creating an enabling environment for people to do their business.
“Then we will have enough to export and the naira will be stronger because if we don’t change our taste, we will continue to get the same result.
“We are saying everyone should go back to agriculture, but even the farm produce, we still need to preserve them, if we are to export them. Aside silos, we must also use warmers and dryers, so we still need electricity.
“So tackling the insecurity in the country as well as the power problem are extremely important to the PDP candidate.”