Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki received leading presidential aspirants of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The meeting discussed the party’s zoning formula ahead of the 2023 General Elections.
They include the Governors of Sokoto and Bauchi States, Aminu Tambuwal and Bala Mohammed, former Senate President Bukola Saraki and foremost economist Alhaji Mohammed Hayatudeen.
Receiving the visitors at the Government House in Benin City, Obaseki said the country was in dire need of a leader with the capacity to unite and rebuild the nation.
“40 years ago, we had a big cake to share but not today. That cake has disappeared. Whoever aspires to be president of this country must be somebody who Nigerians are ready to give the ingredients to start to rebuild a bigger cake for us all.
“For us in Edo, we are ready for building a bigger, stronger and better Nigeria as we can’t continue the way we are today. We are concerned that it will be challenging to pull Nigeria back from the brinks, except the PDP comes out and rallies Nigerians around.
“Things are really bad and difficult for our people. We have never had it this bad. We have never had the level of combination of poverty and inflation as food inflation in Nigeria is pushing millions of people into starvation, coupled with the security challenges.
“Many have been kidnapped in Nigeria as we speak, and this is not about individual aspirations but about Nigeria. We need the country to survive to be able to push our personal ambitions.
“I thank you for providing leadership and trust in God Almighty that has given you the wisdom to make Nigeria the higher goal,” the governor said.
Earlier, Saraki, who spoke on behalf of others, said the visit was to canvas for the option to adopt a consensus candidate ahead of the 2023 general elections.
He said, “We all know the various situations that exist in our country and the need for the PDP to provide a platform, and in doing that, we realize that the interest of the country is more paramount to our interests.
“As such, we have come together and agreed that we should work out a consensus where we don’t all just go to the field. We don’t want our energy to be focused on just trying to get to power, but on how to help make Nigeria better.”