The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will kick start its presidential campaign on Monday in Sokoto with the focus on “saving our country and getting her working again.”
The campaign is traditionally to sell the party’s candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to the people ahead of the 2019 election where the next president will be elected.
The Director General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Management Committee, Dr. Bukola Saraki, unveiled the programme in Abuja on Friday when speaking with representatives of media houses.
Describing the campaign as issued based, he listed a number of topics that will be addressed as the team goes round the country to seek support for its presidential candidate.
Saraki’s full statement reads in full:
INAUGURAL PRESS BRIEFING OF THE PDP PRESIDENTIAL CAMPAIGN MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE ON THE PROGRAMME FOR TAKING THE MESSAGE OF GETTING NIGERIA WORKING AGAIN TO THE NOOKS AND CRANNIES OF THE COUNTRY
- Welcome representatives of the Nigerian media to the inaugural press interactive session by the Presidential Campaign Management Committee. Also, solicit the support of the media on this journey of Getting Nigeria Working Again.
- As you will all agree with me, the issues confronting Nigerians today are beyond partisan consideration. We are all in it together and that is why we need the support of this media in this all-important project of saving our country and getting her working again.
- STRUCTURE OF THE CAMPAIGN ORGANISATION AND PROGRAMME. The campaign council has been inaugurated. We are commencing our campaigns on Monday in Sokoto. Thereafter, we are going to take our message to all the 36 States and the FCT, the 774 LGAs and all the wards in the federation.
- As part of our grassroots campaign plan, the candidate and his running mate will participate in road shows, Town Hall meetings, special interactive sessions with traditional institutions, business communities, professional groups, trade unions, market women and men and other interest groups and stakeholders across the nation.
- In effectively implementing the campaign Programme, the following individuals have been appointed to head the directorates in our structure. Each directorate will be supported by corresponding standing committees and our spokesmen whose names will be announced shortly. This arrangement will ensure that we are able to bring in more members to contribute their quota to the success of the campaign. There will also be Elders Council to help the candidate. Also, the youth and women sub-committees will be inaugurated.
- Again, we are in the process of inaugurating the state campaign Organisation in line with the structure at the National Campaign Headquarters. These state structures will be inaugurated by my office shortly. You will agree with me that a lot of elaborate planning has gone into creating the campaign structure in such a way that we will our message to every home in Nigeria and even to Nigerians in Diaspora.
- ISSUES: For Nigerians, in 2019, the issues that have to be addressed are :
- a) Is the economy better or worse?
- b) Are more people richer or poorer than they were in 2015?
- c) Are there more people suffering from hunger now than in 2015?
- d) Have there been more job losses now than in 2015?
- e) Are our people safer now than they were in 2015?
- f) Are our military and other security agencies better equipped or motivated to tackle the Boko Haram insurgency and other security challenges than in 2015?
- g) Is the country more united now than it was in 2015?
- h) Is the infrastructure in the country better than it was in 2015?
- I) Is there less corruption in the country than in 2015? Is the fight against been fair to all or a tool deployed against political opponents?
- j) Are people deriving the benefits of the Rule of Law and personal liberty as enshrined in the constitution now than in 2015?
- These are some of the issues that will determine the trend of the campaign and we believe they should guide Nigerians in making their decisions during the 2019 elections. An election is a referendum on the incumbent. If Nigerians are unable to answer any of these questions positively, they must vote out the incumbent.
- On our part, we will restrict ourselves to issue-based campaign.
- Thank you
Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, CON
DIrector General, PDP Presidential Campaign Management Committee