Funmi Olaitan, Ibadan
Governor of Sokoto State and presidential aspirant under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Aminu Tambuwal, has said he forfeited the chance to run for a second term in office as governor because of his patriotism and commitment to the development of the country.
Tambuwal, one of the 13 presidential aspirants on the platform of PDP, said this in Ibadan, Oyo State capital, while seeking the support of the state delegates ahead of the party’s presidential primary.
He said, “Yes, I am serving my first term as a governor of Sokoto State with the probability of winning a second term by 60-70 per cent.
But because of my patriotism and commitment to the development of this country, I decided to not only volunteer but also heed to the calls of Nigerians not just to run for the presidency but also leave APC which had majority in the north-west.
“Not a small decision because of my commitment to the unity of this country; because things are not going well in Nigeria and we are all aware of it and we need to do something. It is for us to rally round and effect a change of government at the center and that is my motivation."
Tambuwal noted that things are not going well in the country, promising to do something to fix it, if given the mandate at the 2019 polls.
He listed his cardinal programmes as including provision of jobs for the teeming unemployed youths and women, improving the national economy, boosting security across the nation as well as stepping up the fight against corruption.
He said, "There are lots of poverty and hunger in the land. We are therefore resolved to improve the economy and turn around the economic fortunes of Nigerians. And that can only be in partnership with the private sector. We will ensure that we put in place good policies that will drive the economy of the country alongside and in collaboration with the private sector."