Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, SAN, a former Minister of Special Duties and Intergovernmental Affairs and current Chairman of former PDP Ministers’ Forum of Nigeria, has received the Expression of Interest and nomination forms to contest for the office of the president in 2019.
A delegation from the Kabiru Tanimu Turaki Campaign Organization led by the Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Sola Atere was at the PDP National Secretariat, Wadata Plaza today to collect the forms as well as the guidelines for the presidential primary on his behalf.
Ahead of the 2019 General Elections, PDP presidential aspirant, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, has said President Muhammadu Buhari can no longer garner 12 million votes in the North as obtained in previous elections.
The former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, stated this on Wednesday when he picked his nomination and expression of interest forms at the party’s national secretariat to contest the October 6, 2018 PDP presidential primary.
KTT accused the main opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) of claiming credit for projects almost completed by previous governments.
According to him, the scenario from other previous General Elections where Buhari polled 12 million ‘secured’ votes from the North, will not repeat itself in next year’s exercise.
He hinged his argument on what he called the poor performance of the present government, three years after assuming office.
“What they are saying was way back in 2015. Things have changed. When you have not been in power, you can make all sorts of forecasts. Now the scenario has changed. Nigerians have seen to what extent the APC government can perform.
“And if you look at a lot of the projects they are laying claim to, they were established by the PDP. Look at the railways for instance, the one from Abuja to Kaduna, they themselves reported at some point that the Jonathan administration had gone over 60 percent as far as that project is concerned.
“The so-called 12 million voters they are laying claim to would have been reduced. Because look at the economic situation. Where people are complaining that they cannot even have one square meal, how do you expect them to come out and go and aggravate votes up to 12 million for somebody who has been the architect of their misfortune?”
On the Federal Government’s prevention of another presidential aspirant, Rabiu Kwankwaso from using Eagle Square for the declaration of his presidential ambition, Turaki said this would negatively affect the electoral fortunes of the APC.
This, he stressed, will translate to more sympathy votes in favour of PDP in APC strongholds.
“The injury that they are inflicting on Kwankwaso, is one of the things Nigerians will see and will not vote for them. And that is part of the factors that will reduce the 12 million votes.
Having said that, they are doing nothing new. Because since they have come there, they have been harassing people. You saw the Gestapo approach in arresting judges. People know that they are just abrasive.
“But I can assure you if we get the ticket, it is going to be a different ball game because we are not going to accept that. And of course, the international community is watching.
It is part of the game plan to harass people, intimidate people and possibly anybody that they see that has a strong potential to challenge their own candidate, they want to beat them down. So that at the end of the day, they want to have a semi-autocratic regime in place,” he said.