Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, a leading Presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] has urged the delegates of the PDP in Bayelsa to be open minded and not be senitmental when they cast their vote to elect the presidential flagbearer of the party come May 28 in Abuja.
Mr Tambuwal who arrived Yenagoa on Tuesday afternoon first went into a closed-door meeting with the state governor, Doye Diri, before heading to the party secetariate where he was received by mamonth crowd who deflied the heavy rain to welcome the governor who they described as one of their own.
Engagng the delegates, Mr Tambuwal said the party must get it right by voting someone with a pan Nigerian mind set, right temoprament, character and competence to run a dynamic Nigeria.
In his words; “When you are looking for the best, don’t be sentimental. When Prsident Obasanjo created NDDC, he was not from the Niger-Delta. ?But it was out of his pan Nigerianess. When President Yar Adua was president, he created ministry of Niger-Delta, he was not from the Niger-Delta but out of his pan nigeria outlook. I’m a pan-Nigerian and I have network of friends across the length and breathe of this country. i understand the issue and iu can assemble the team that can work and move this country forward. It’s about team work. No man is an island. It has to be collective.
“Support a candidate that understands the issue of Nigeria, someone who understands federal character, who understand the complexiting of Nigeria. Eleect someone who has been tested with position such as Speaker of the House of Representative and ran the house transparently; someone who understand issues across each state.
“For example, if and when we emerge as President of Nigeria, I will partner with the government of Bayelsa to establish a deep sea port in Bayelsa. This will decongest the port in Lagos and Port Hacourt. This will bring jobs opportunity, development and focus on Bayelsa.
“We must develop aquatic life in Bayelsa state. We must come up with a proper and practable master plan for proper clean up of oil spilage on our communities and not the 419 one they have been brandishing everywhere.”
Governor Tambuwal equally promise to run an inclusive government if he emerge as the party’s flagbearer.
Responding, the acting PDP chairman said the state is aware of Governor Tambuwal’s pedigree as a Speaker and now as Governor as well as Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum.
He promise the former Speaker the bloc votes of the delegates as his candidature resornates well with majority of the delegates in state.