The Social Democratic Party (SDP) has advised President Bola Tinubu to seek PDP’s Atiku Abubakar and the Labour Party Peter Obi’s blueprints to expedite the nation-building process.
The South-West zonal secretary of the SDP, Femi Olaniyi, gave the advice in an interview on Friday in Lagos after the Supreme Court victory on Thursday.
Mr Olaniyi noted that Mr Tinubu needed ideas from his challengers, PDP, Mr Abubakar, the Labour Party and Mr Obi, to bring hope to the Nigerian masses.
While congratulating Mr Tinubu, he said that with adequate counsel, Nigeria of everyone’s dreams would be realised.
“There is no time for excuses at all. Tinubu should start welcoming more ideas, in fact, from all serious contestants for the number one seat in the country,” said Mr Olaniyi.
He added, “The president should seek advice and ideas from Atiku Abubakar of PDP and Mr Peter Obi of LP since they both wanted to rule because of the suffering masses and to reshape the country.”
Mr Olaniyi, however, urged Messrs Atiku and Obi, in the nation’s interest, to be ready to lend Mr Tinubu ideas that would make Nigeria compete favourably well in the comity of nations.
“It is not compulsory for them to be directly part of Tinubu’s government, but with ideas and advice, a new story can be written of Nigeria soon,” he said.
He also urged all stakeholders to see the project of Nigeria as everyone’s business and not Mr Tinubu’s.
According to him, with the apex court verdict, all governance and policy-making issues have now been resolved.
“Now that Tinubu has his mandate secured fully, he should run and make the economy bounce back and reduce inflation.
“There is much relief for him (Tinubu) to squarely focus on governance and nation-building. This is now the time for the president to buckle up,” he said.
The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed the appeals by Messrs Abubakar and Obi, challenging Mr Tinubu’s victory in the February 25 election.
The Supreme Court, in the lead verdict delivered by Justice John Okoro, affirmed the election of Mr Tinubu as Nigeria’s president in the 2023 general election.