Publisher of an online newspaper, NewsExpress and international award-winning journalist, Isaac Umunna has emphasised on reasons why the Peoples Democratic Party PDP delegates may vote for one of the party aspitants to emerge presidential flagbearer of the party in the forthcoming primary election scheduled to hold tomorrow, Saturday.
Umunna who rated and listed the personalities of the aspirants in order of priority, capacity and popularity among Nigerians, put it thus: “They are, in no particular order: KabiruTanimu Turaki, SAN; Alhaji Atiku Abubakar; Senator Bukola Saraki; Governor Aminu Tambuwal; Senator Ahmed Makarfi; Alhaji Attahiru Bafarawa; Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso; Alhaji Sule Lamido; Senator David Mark; Dr. Datti Baba Ahmed; Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo; Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau; and Senator Jonah Jang.”
He however said that among all these, only Turaki has been loudly advertising his credential as a man of integrity and the New Face of Hope that Nigeria critically needs at this critical juncture.
He said: “That man is accomplished Lawyer and Administrator, KabiruTanimuTuraki, SAN.
“KTT, as he is fondly called by his numerous admirers, has every reason to blow his trumpet in this regard. At a time when many people who were privileged to hold one public office or the other have become tarred with the brush of corruption, Turaki has been tested and passed the test of integrity in flying colours.
“As a Public Servant, Turaki has held three high profile positions at the Federal level. These are: Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs; Supervising Minister of Labour and Productivity; and Chairman, Presidential Committee on Dialogue and Peaceful Resolution of the Security Challenges in the North East.
“These strategic positions involved the management of several billions of naira. For Turaki to have managed these billions and not be found wanting in any way speaks volumes of his incorruptibility”.
The Publisher added that if the main thing the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is marketing about President Muhammadu Buhari – its Candidate for the 2019 presidential elections – is his purported integrity, then PDP Delegates have an easy choice to make if they wish to present a Candidate who can match Buhari – or even beat him – on that score.
He added that if it is agreed that corruption is Nigeria’s major problem as it drains much-needed but scarce resources for development, then it follows that Turaki as PDP’s standard bearer during the 2019 presidential polls would not be difficult to market.
According to Umunna, “Incidentally, integrity is not the only thing going for Turaki as he heads for the PDP Presidential Primaries in Port Harcourt. An early starter in the presidential race, Turaki traversed all the 36 states of the country and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), discussing details of his presidential ambition with party faithfull.
“Turaki wants to create synergy and feel the pulse of the people; he wants to be part of their environment and appreciate their challenges.
“He has a long history of loyalty and service to PDP and served as Deputy Director General of the party’s presidential campaign committee during the 2015 presidential elections.
“Another plus for Turaki is that he has age on his side and possesses creative ideas on how to solve the country’s multifarious problems. A strong believer in the need to restructure the country along the lines of resource control, fiscal federalism, statism or regionalism or devolution of powers.”
Describing Turaki further, Umunna said that “He is a young and vibrant politician who has the backing of many people in his aspiration for the nation’s presidency. He is seen by many as a core grassroots politician, who has built a lot of political bridges across the country. He is a well-educated and articulate politician, a bundle of intellect with a wealth of experience and vast knowledge of technical know-how.”
“That is not all, for “Turaki is very confident and decisive. He is a great listener and a team player who is ready to take responsibility for his actions. These are indicators of strength of character of a person who is a sure footed leader. He also has the courage to take decisions in the best interest of the people and the nation. As a Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Turaki has the requisite capacity to protect the country’s constitution and promote the rule of law.”
Turaki is highly regarded including among the PDP elite. Addressing him recently when he visited Bayelsa, the State Governor, The Honourable Seriake Dickson, Chairman of the now-dissolved PDP Reconciliation Committee, said: “You are a good man who means well for the country, especially in terms of service to the people. Your loyalty to the country has never been in doubt. Your commitment unquestionable. Your performance in any task assigned to you has been beyond expectations.”
He further explained that Turaki is exuding supreme confidence ahead of the PDP Special Convention in Port Harcourt because he believes that the chances of his winning the general elections is most high with his unassailable integrity, honesty, bridge building capacity, diplomacy, dynamism, zeal, commitment, competence and exemplary public and private track record.
He listed the promises which the presidential aspirant intends to achieve if given PDP’s mandate and eventually elected Nigeria’s President which include:
“Security of the people economically and ensure the protection of lives and properties of citizens, as well as return the people to the virtues of patriotism, nationalism and being our brothers keepers.
“Ensuring the Rule of Law and natural justice.
“Frontally tackling the menace of corruption in a holistic manner.
“Providing critical infrastructure for national development.
“Opening up the economy to attract investment that will create job opportunities for our teeming youth.”
He however concluded that “But for ‘The New face of Hope’ to get the opportunity to do all that, PDP Delegates first have to vote for him as the Party’s Candidate this weekend in Port Harcourt”.