Tinubu’s, Umahi’s Declarations not a threat to Osinbajo’s Ticket -Kurfi
BY BENEDICT NWACHUKWU, ABUJA
The Dr.Aliyu Kurfi-led Progressive Consolidation Group supporting the Presidential candidacy of the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo on the All Progressives Congress platform has dismissed the declarations of interest by the duo of APC leader Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu and the Governor of Ebonyi State, Dave Umahi claiming that they are not in anyway a threat to the ticket of their choice Aspirant.
Dr Kurfi said the plurality of the aspirants in the case of a political party and candidates and political parties are necessary for a robust democracy and as such a rich array of strong contenders will only deepen the legitimacy of Osinbajo’s Ticket and eventual victory.
“As genuine democrats who believe in the Progressive ideals that Vice President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo stands for, we welcome others into the race because we strongly believe that a plurality of candidates and political parties only enhances the robustness of our democracy.
“As I once stated, every well-informed Nigerian knows that PCG is the very first 2023 support group to be formally recognised by our progressive party, APC, and we have never sought to prevent or discourage others from following in our footsteps because Vice-President Osinbajo will not subscribe to dirty political games that some typically desperate politicians play.
“We are mobilising for Prof Yemi Osinbajo, a man who believes in the rule of law, a man who is a democrat and a great progressive too; nothing in his antecedents ever speaks of anti-democratic standards.
“Therefore, we do not only welcome the declaration by an aspirant; in fact, we anticipate having half a dozen more, so that Osinbajo would emerge from a very rich array of choices offered to the nation by the APC.
“The nature of the political competition that we envisage shall be one characterised by politics without bitterness; to this end, all members of pro-Osinbajo groups have been instructed to address other aspirants with courtesy and avoid getting drawn into the usual mudslinging that characterised Nigerian politics.
“As to the chances of success, we are very confident that Osinbajo will enter and win the race by virtue of all his good qualities and citizens’ expectations to see him build on the foundation laid by President Muhammadu Buhari,” Dr. Kurfi stated.