A group of Yoruba, Igbo and other friends of Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has purchased the N40 million Expression of Interest and Nomination forms of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the governor to contest the party’s presidential ticket for the 2023 election.
The group of friends, led by Aree Olumiyiwa Akinboro, SAN, bought the forms at the PDP secretariat in Abuja on Thursday.
Handing the forms to the group, the party’s National Organising Secretary, Umar Bature, said that due process was followed in the sale of the form.
Akinboro who spoke on behalf of the group explained that the group is made up of concerned Nigerians who are worried about where Nigeria is headed and therefore, want Governor Tambuwal not only to lead by also to unify the country.
“Tambuwal is someone we have all known for 30 years and nothing has changed about him. He’s humble, focused and intelligent. People ask if he has the money to pursue this ambition. That is why we are here to buy this form for him. He’s not aware but we as professional and apolitical, we want him to lead,” he said.
On the clamour for zoning of PDP presidential ticket, he said, “As regards zoning, we believe Tambuwal is a native of Nigeria and this is someone who is at home in all parts of the nation. Just look at us, we have Yoruba, Igbo, Ibibio, and we are saying, PDP, put your best foot forward. You can see there are no money bags here, but the little we have, we will use for him.”
He added, “PDP, you have a good chance to win this election. This election will be decided by simple Nigerians and we are part of that simple Nigerians.”