Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, (Dan Masanin Gwandu, Zarumman Kebbi), Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) and former Minister of Special Duties and Inter-governmental Affairs, has vowed to beat President Muhammadu Buhari if given the presidential ticket of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the coming 2019 election.
Speaking on Wednesday, during a media chat with journalists, Turaki added that Nigerians were tricked into entering what he referred to as a “one-chance” vehicle in 2015 by the All Progressive Congress.
The 61 year old seasoned politician and administrator, a former supervising Minister, Ministry of Labour, was upbeat about his chances during his interaction with Lagos PDP and later with journalists.
Lamenting the fate that has befallen Nigerians after voting out PDP for the All Progressives Congress (APC), Turaki, Chairman of PDP former Ministers’ Forum, said:
“Nigerians were tricked in 2015 into entering a one-chance bus. People are hungry. People are angry. People are losing hope. People are dying – people who should not die. People are asking for a rescue mission.”
On why Turaki decided to run for the 2019 presidential election, he said:
“If you are not happy with what is happening, you get involved and change the system.”
Turaki, who chaired the committee that negotiated with Boko Haram insurgents during the Goodluck Jonathan administration, stressed that, apart from being a go getter, he has never been found wanting despite supervising projects involving many billions of naira, including the Goodluck-Sambo 2015 presidential campaign.
“I am sufficiently informed and experienced to provide the solution to Nigeria’s problems. I am a bridge builder and I have the integrity, knowledge, good health and dynamism to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari. I can lead the crusade to lead my party to victory and save Nigeria from the precipice,” he said.
The presidential aspirant declared support for restructuring and vowed “to take bold steps in this regard.’
Dr. Tanimu Turaki promised to promote the creation of an additional state in the Southeast as part of his overall commitment towards restructuring.
“I believe in restructuring whether from the perspective of federalism, devolution of power, resource control, of creation of additional states.”
Following observation by party members that Lagos State despite having the busiest port in the country had never produced a managing director of the Nigerian Ports Authority, NPA, he promised that the next Managing Director of NPA under his administration would come from Lagos State.
While welcoming the Turaki team, Chairman of Lagos State PDP, Mr Salvador said:
“We are going to support your ambition as far as PDP Lagos is concerned.”
Dr. Tanimu Turaki also promised to improve the country’s security and economy and to also ensure justice for all parts of the country.
Turaki was accompanied to Lagos by several lieutenants and PDP chieftains, among them the Drector-General of his Campaign Organisation, Mr. Bonie Haruna, a two-time Governor of Adamawa State.