To move forward, Nigeria should stop recycling old leaders and open the political space for more participation, Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State has said.
Mohammed disclosed this Wednesday to newsmen on the sideline at the Wadata House Headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Abuja after officially submitting the report on the 2019 Elections Review Committee.
He said there is a generational shift all over the world with the youth taking over leadership at the highest level of governance, adding that “the nation needs people who are free from encumbrances, we need good hands, we need people with capacity, of prejudices and region.”
The governor said there are many good Nigerians who can deliver, adding that such people are afraid of coming up “we should open up the political space, so that they can come and participate to get the best out of them.”
On the report his committee presented the party, the governor said a thorough job was done that would serve as a roadmap for the party to work with and prepare for the 2023 general elections. He thanked the party for the confidence reposed in them by entrusting his committee with the assignment.
The PDP National Chairman, Uche Secondus said the report is a post mortem of the 2019 general elections, as the committee has discharged its responsibility without fear or favour, recalling that the 87th NEC meeting of the party in January 2020 approved the setting up of the committee to find the remote causes of why and how the party lost the 2019 general elections.
Secondus said the party will very soon set up an implementation committee on the report as he said it is the road map to PDP victory in 2023.
He recalled that the Ike Ekweremadu committee which did a similar assignment for the 2015 general elections for the PDP gave rise to three Rs which include Reform, Reposition and Regain power, adding that the party, with the Bala Mohammed committee report, is going to build on that. “If we are to take over power in 2023, we must start today,” Secondus said.