A former national spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Olisa Metuh, has said that the party must present a strong and sellable presidential candidate if the party must return to rule in 2023.
The party chieftain who made the statement when he made an appearance on Arise TV on Saturday morning noted that not only are Nigerians calling for the return of PDP, but PDP represents the mind of Nigerians.
“We have the issue of zoning, where the candidate must come from, but for me, the presidency of Nigeria must be on the level of experience, somebody with the right temperament, someone who is acceptable to all sections of this country, all regions in Nigerian. someone who will bring us back to at least where we were as of 2015. not necessarily where the person comes from,” the former spokesperson said.
“If you must talk about where the person comes from, equity demands that it should go to the southeast. And south-east has 3 of the best aspirant in the PDP. Wherever i go, Nigerians are saying Peter Obi and I believe he can take us to great heights.
“Governance is not about your own capability, the people need a symbol and make their sacrifices, Peter Obi has that symbol but delegates’ election is different.
Chief Metuh who is also a lawyer said the country is grossly divided now over the issue of zoning because of the failure of President Buhari.
“Where we are right now, is not an issue is not where you come from, but the best candidate to win the election for the PDP. Peter Obi is one of the symbols that can win elections for us but we have others who can equally win the election for us as well. In the absence of a national consensus, we have to bring the best who can get us to vote across the country, we have Atiku, and we have Tambuwal who has done well as a governor and chairman of the PDP governors forum.
We need a unifier, someone who has contacts across the nation, the right temperament and knows that he needs to be a team player and have just two candidates who fit into this role but I won’t reveal their names yet. The Delegates know if we must win the election, then they are just two persons. One is Peter Obi and the second one is from the North. I will come back in a week or two to reveal that person.”
Speaking on the political solution for the release of Nnamdi Kanu, the detained leader of IPOB, Mr Metuh said only a political solution for the release of Nnamdi Kanu can save the South East from becoming another North-East.