Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, a former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Prof Attahiru Jega, and spokesman of the Northern Elders Forum, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, have openly declared support for the presidential candidate of the People’s Redemption Party, Kola Abiola.
Both elder statemen spoke on Saturday at PRP’s ‘Manifesto Debate and Mobilization Drive’ programme in Abuja.
Speaking at the event, Jega said the PRP candidate stands taller among other presidential candidates and poised to win next year’s election.
“There is no doubt that people will say all sorts of things, many of which are just laughable. In my cultural adage, there is a saying that you don’t know who eats the most until the soup is finished.
“I can tell you that our candidate, Kola Abiola, is a very strong and focused candidate. He is quite dynamic and has a lot of intellectual capacity. With his experience, I think he stands taller than any of the candidates contesting for elections,” he said.
The former INEC boss, who disclosed that he is a proud member of the party, added that the PRP is more than capable to produce the next set of leaders that could resuscitate the country.
“We believe in our party, the PRP whose ideology is clear. It is a people-oriented party with committed, selfless and capable candidates who can go into elective positions. That is what Nigeria needs at this moment in order to bring substantive changes,” he said.
Also, Baba-Ahmed said the PRP has the best candidate among arrays of presidential candidates.
“We are in the PRP because we know it can win the presidential election and form the next government. We have the people and ideas and we know that the opposition is not better than us.
“In fact, we have the best team for the presidential candidate, his running mate and the governorship flag bearers. And we are begging them to please carry our flag and take us to the Villa. If we don’t win this election, it is not because the opposition is better than us or that Nigerians prefer money politics to ours. It is because we did not work hard for it. Tell your members that we are in this to win. We are serious about forming the government in 2023.”