LAGOS HERALD – The new Senate Minority Whip, Chukwuka Utazi has charged the Presidential candidate of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa on issue-based campaigns for the next general election.
Utazi gave the charge while addressing journalists on national issues, shortly after the plenary on Tuesday at the National Assembly Complex, Abuja.
He urged the candidates and the PDP hierarchy to begin to think critically about how to tackle sundry national issues especially the heightened insecurity in the country.
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In his words: “Go to the drawing board and plan how to tackle the herculean challenges facing the nation and stop frolicking for their victory at the primaries.
This is what we expect the presidential candidate, in fact, the PDP as a party that wants to take over to look at this issue critically.
The time for primaries has come and gone. Any serious-minded party should go back to the drawing board, and get the best of the planning team because the planning department of any establishment is the engine room of that organisation.
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“Nigeria has thousands of good people that can solve the problems of Nigeria. Politicians need to speak to the issue of the moment, the security of our people, unemployment is a time bomb.
How do you have a level playing ground for that sector to thrive? If you have a level playing ground for the private sector to thrive, they will provide employment in addition to what government will do.
They should withdraw from running up and down; nobody should be seeing them, people will think they are not serious about it.
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“A serious political party should be testing their policies by discussing issues. They test such policies and see the feedback from the society; they go back and retune it and present it at media houses.
This is so that between now and September for the campaigns, you already know what you want.
While doing such, you are also recognising the critical hands that can implement such policies for you, it’s not a question of after winning election, you spend months trying to look for ministers.”
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The Enugu North lawmaker further stated that buying arms and ammunition, and chasing terrorists and other criminal elements in the society with such weapons would not effectively provide a solution to insecurity in the country.
“Focusing on the effects of insecurity without getting to the cause with a view to uprooting it would amount to effort in futility,” Utazi stated.