A presidential aspirant and son of a former Prime Minister, Dr. Abdul Jhalil Tafawa Balewa has described the recent adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as consensus candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP for the 2015 election as shameful.
He also said that the issue of consensus was unconstitutional as it was unknown to PDP’s constitution as amended.
According to him, those behind the decision acted against the general interest of party men and women.
Balewa spoke in Abuja when the National Association of Niger Delta Students, NANDS visited to endorse him as their candidate for the poll.
The aspirant who observed that the country was moving at snail speed stressed that he was in the race for the presidency because the country was not being properly managed adding that there was the need to turn the ship of the state towards the right direction
He maintained that the fact that the country currently generates less than 4,000 Megawatts of electricity was enough reason for anyone to go mad.
His words, “The consensus arrangement is very shameful. We used to blame APC for not having internal democracy but we that have it, if you look at the people who gave the consensus; they have loads of baggage behind them.
“Consensus is not in the constitution of the party. I have been a member of the PDP since 1998 in USA. I am not going to any other party. I will rather insist on growing democratic principles in the party
“I have been very active politically within PDP. I have travelled the length and breadth of this country. I believe I know Nigeria a lot more than anybody else.
“For me, it is not clamour for power to return to the north. I see Nigeria diving into the abyss. I can rescue it and will rescue it.
“I do not know what it is that we are transforming but Nigeria is not moving the way it should. We can have near zero unemployment and improve education and power. There is no reason why Nigeria, so rich in coal, should have this kind of energy problem.”
He, however, pledged to support President Jonathan if eventually wins the primaries.