The Diaspora Support Group in North America and Europe has called on the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to nominate Akinwumi Adesina as the sole candidate ahead of 2023.
The group made this known on Friday in a statement from Tony Bello, chairman and founder of Shine Bridge Global Inc., in Chesapeake-Virginia U.S.
The party said of all the candidates for the presidency, Mr Adesina, the president of the African Development Bank (AfDB) is the most qualified, and the best.
The party added that President Muhammadu Buhari and other prominent Nigerians such as Olusegun Obasanjo, former President Goodluck Jonathan, Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi, among others had acknowledged Mr Adesina on various occassions.
The group noted that as the parties came together to adopt Mr Buhari as candidate in the 2015 elections, it should be the same for Mr Adesina.
“Against this backdrop, the #Diaspora4AdesinaSupport Group of North America and Europe has not relented in her call on Adesina to run in the forthcoming presidential race. In our view, Adesina is perhaps the most qualified and best prepared to lead Nigeria in riding the wave of the pending perfect storm and to transform Nigeria’s multi-dimensional political ideologies and cultural diversity into socio-economic boom for the benefit of Nigerians at home and in the diaspora,” said the group.
It added, “Therefore, we commit to joining hands with all well-meaning Nigerians to draft Adesina into the 2023 presidential race. Adesina, our man of the hour, the proud and true son of Nigeria is our clear choice for the highest office in the land. We are calling on all Nigerians to help us engage Adesina in the 2023 presidential race under the APC or PDP platform.”
However, considering the power of incumbency, the said Mr Adesina might be better off running on the platform of APC.
“We are keenly aware of the interest in the presidential ambition of some fathers of the APC; but we are also believing that they too will see what we have seen in Adesina for him to ultimately win their converted support and that of PDP and other party leaders,” added the statement.