PDP Must have Popular Presidential Candidate in 2019 — Lawmaker

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The only PDP member in the Lagos State House of Assembly, Mr Dipo Olorunrinu says the party needs a popular presidential candidate in order to reclaim power in the 2019 general elections.

Olorunrinu spoke in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos on Saturday.

He spoke against the backdrop of the recent declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019.

Expressing optimism that the party would reclaim power in 2019, Olorunrinu said “nothing is impossible in 2019 as long as the PDP presents a popular candidate.

“The party has apologised to Nigerians on whatever it might have done wrong.

“People should reconsider PDP; as the party has learnt how not to fail again.

“The PDP will take the bull by the horn; looking at the credibility of the candidate it will present.

“We don’t need a candidate that the party will begin to start selling.

“We need someone who is already selling himself or herself before the party begins to sell him or her.’’

On the increasing number of aspirants eyeing the PDP presidential ticket, the lawmaker said that a candidate with good credentials and credibility would help the party at the polls.

According to him, though everybody has the democratic right to contest the presidential ticket, the party should also consider experience, background, capability and credibility of would-be candidate.

“We don’t need time wasters to come on board. We need the PDP to be formidable to go against the ruling party at this moment.

“We need to listen to what the people at the grassroots are saying in selecting our candidate.

“We need to move in the direction people are going,’’ he said.

Olorunrinu urged the party to sell socio-economic recovery and inclusive governance to the people.

The lawmaker advised the party to repackage itself for a good outing in the 2019 general elections. (NAN)

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