– A chieftain of the PDP, Chief Ebenezer Babatope said the party will present a candidate better than President Buhari in 2019
– Babatope expressed excitement that the leadership tussle in the Southwest zone has been resolved
– He said the task before the party in the zone is to reconcile members ahead of the general election.
A chieftain of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ebenezer Babatope, on Wednesday, April 18, declared that the party would present a candidate that would defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 presidential election.
Babatope, ex-minister of transportation, told News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on the phone that PDP would take its time to produce such a candidate.
He said: ”PDP will present a better candidate than President Buhari in the next elections. We can give Nigerians that assurance.
”We will take our time and ensure that our presidential aspirants are not navigating the political terrain unnecessarily.
”They must be sure of themselves such that anyone who eventually emerges the party’s candidate will be better than President Buhari.”
Babatope noted that the party will not care if the candidate is a political heavyweight or a light weight, but a candidate who will deliver the goods to the masses.
He said the party would give aspirants equal opportunities to sell themselves.
Babatope said PDP was not fazed by the declaration by the President to seek re-election, as he had a right to do so.
He said it was the right of PDP to present a candidate to defeat him and perform better.
The former minister expressed excitement that the leadership tussle in the Southwest zone has been resolved.
He noted that the task before the party in the zone is to reconcile members ahead of the general election.
Babatope said: ”We are in the process of uniting the rank and file of the party in the zone. Nobody will be left out, everybody will be carried along. We will ensure factions are kept together for unity and peace before the election.”
He hailed Eddy Olafeso, chairman of the party in the zone, for his efforts, and urged members to support him.
Meanwhile, Gidirocks.com had reported that Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, national chairman of the APC said the PDP has no presidential candidate to match President Buhari in the 2019 general elections.
Oyegun who claimed that the PDP poses no threat to Buhari’s ambition described the leadership of the PDP as a bunch of dreamers.
The ruling party national chairman declared that Buhari and the ruling APC are not losing any sleep over PDP ahead of the 2019 polls.