He made this allegation at the Taraba State Government House in Jalingo. According to him, the level of corruption under the government has made nonsense of the corruption charges against the previous administrations. ”The level of corruption in the administration is beyond what the country had ever witnessed since independence in 1960, besides fueling divisiveness among the ethnic groups”.
Turaki who is also a Senior Advocate of Nigeria is however, promising to give priority to the tackling of the country’s security challenges, rejuvenating the economy, fighting corruption through strict adherence to rule of law. He is accusing the government of “toying with the security of lives and property of the people”.
Governor Ishaku Darius of Taraba who was represented by his deputy, Haruna Manu, claimed that the PDP can only dislodge the APC in the 2019 general elections if there was cohesion among members, especially the presidential aspirants.
He therefore, enjoined them to abide by the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which they signed to support whoever emerged as the party’s presidential candidate, noting that so many people are anxious to see how the PDP will conduct its primaries as a prelude to rescuing Nigerians from the “hardship imposed on them by the APC”.
“APC has failed Nigerians. In terms of economy we are worse off than we were in 2015. Unemployment condition has worsened. The HSBC Bank and the prestigious London Economist magazine have concluded that APC has failed Nigerians in all economic parameters”, he said.
While at the state PDP secretariat, the party chairman, Hon. Victor Bala Kona who expressed the hope that Turaki will emerge as the party’s presidential standard bearer acknowledged the aspirant’s stewardship “in serving as a strong, loyal and stable party member.”
He commended Turaki for using his skill as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria in defending the party in election matters and other issues in the North East George’s-political zone.
The chairman noted that Turaki’s commitment to the PDP had not been for pecuniary gain, noting further that during the party’s crisis the aspirant remained firm, resolute and guided the party in retrieving its soul from destruction.
He said further that Nigeria needed a person with capacity and talent to remove the country from its current bondage, adding that Nigeria needed a person like Turaki who, as part of his private sector experience was one of those who salvaged the then Bank of the North from collapse before a new board was appointed to succeed them.