2023: PDP names Atiku’s presidential campaign squad

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has appointed Sokoto State Governor and Chairman of party’s governors forum, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as Director General of its National Campaign Management Committee (NCMC).

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had announced 28 September 2022 as the date for the commencement of presidential campaigns.

Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president and presidential contender for the PDP, had pledged last week that the campaign council would be established quickly.

In addition, the PDP appointed Liyel Imoke, a former governor of Cross Rivers State, as the deputy director of general operations, Professor Adewale Oladipo, a former national secretary of the party, as the deputy director of administration, High Chief Raymond Dokpesi, a media mogul, as the deputy director of technical and systems, and Ekwesilieze Nwodo, a researcher and strategist for the NCMC.

The party also named Udom Emmanuel, the governor of Akwa Ibom State, as chairman, Bala Mohammed, the governor of Bauchi State, as vice chairman north, and Seyi Makinde, the governor of Oyo State, as vice chairman south, in a statement released by its national organizing secretary, Hon. Umaru Bature, on Thursday (PCC).

As stated in the list, the governors of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, and other governors are PCC members.

Nnamadi Sambo, a former vice president, Pius Anyim Pius, a former senatorial president (Dr. Bukola Saraki), and Senator David Mark are the other members.

Former governors, ministers, and National Assembly members all belong to the PDP PCC.

In a similar event, the presidential candidate has charged INEC and other government entities involved in the election to make sure that the results accurately reflect the preferences of the electorate.

In a press release released on Thursday to commemorate the International Day for Democracy, Atiku made the accusation.

Atiku noted that the celebration of democracy was, in fact, a celebration of the power of the people. He acknowledged that there have been significant improvements in the procedures used to conduct elections in Nigeria.

He stated that INEC will have the chance to demonstrate that the commission has moved past partisanship in the 2023 election.

The statement said, in part, “In 2023, Nigerians will elect the leaders they genuinely believe can lead this country out of the dire situation it currently finds itself in. It is important to use the occasion of the celebration, this day, to tell not only the INEC but other agencies and non-governmental organizations involved in the conduct of the election that the next election should be the freest and fairest ever in Nigerian history.

The PDP presidential candidate also praised Nigerians for participating in the global democracy movement and urged Nigerian voters to keep in mind that democracy is a prerequisite for effective government.

The ultimate goal of government is to promote good. And the democracy that we uphold is the only real means of transportation that can safely take us to the installation of a government that will provide us with excellent governance and guarantee that the rule of law is ingrained in our polity.

He promised that press freedom, a cornerstone of democracy, will be upheld while he is in office. The evolution of democracy depends on a strong, unrestricted, free press.

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