By Kayode Adeoti
The former minister for National Planning and a professor of Political Science, Abubakar Olanrewaju Suleiman has declared interest to run for the position of the National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
In a whatsapp message to our reporter on his interest, the PDP chieftain said his vision to aspire for the post was to promote the party’s ideals and accomplishment which has earlier ben lacking.
He added that the party deserve a new and image maker who would not only be respected by the old but garner the confidence of the young
According to him, my vision to aspire for the post of the National Publicity Secretary of our great party is borne out of the conviction that our failure in the last election was informed by the inability to project and promote our party ideals and accomplishments.
“The arrays of internal squabbles on account of the impunity experienced in the various chapters of our party remain a fundamental drawback for the party’s outing in the general elections.
“Politics and electoral process entail opinion moulding and perception building. Without a strong and vibrant image maker, we would find it difficult to achieve this major height in our political accomplishment.
“As a matter of exigency, our party requires a man of strong character, courage, articulate and proactive traits to preside over this sensitive position.
“Consequently, our party’s dream to attain this level can only be realized via collectivity, inclusivity and structured social networking.
“We must change our tactics, as you can’t do things the same way and expect to have different results. A new strategy must be reinvented and our philosophy to transformation and change must be reviewed”, he added.
He further stressed that his wealth of experience as a teacher of politics for over two decades and his close partnership with Nigeria media will remain an asset for him in the task ahead.
Suleiman said he has paid his dues in the last two years and has been constructively engaged in criticising the Buhari-led APC government more than any member of the past administration.