2019: Reactions trail President Buhari’s declaration
by INNOCENT ODOH, Abuja
April 9, 2018 | 4:31 pm| | | Start Conversation
President Muhammadu Buhari’s intension to seek reelection for the 2019 presidential election has elicited mixed reaction from politicians, political parties and public affairs analysts.
President Buhari, who declared his intension while speaking at the National Executive Council (NEC) in Abuja on Monday assured the members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that victory is certain if they all work together even as he appealed to members of NEC to also grant waiver to the party’s national chairman, John Oyegun and other National and State Executive members wishing to seek re-election.
…Buhari’s declaration portends danger to Nigeria – Junaid Muhammad
But reaction to the President’s declaration, Second Republic lawmaker, Junaid Muhammad told BusinessDay on Monday that Nigerians have nothing to cheer with the president’s reelection bid adding that it probably portends danger to the country.
“I don’t know if Nigerians have a say in it. If Nigerians have a say in it there would have been no such declaration. Nigerians are going to be bystanders in the sense that in spite all the urge not to run. Buhari will probably rig the election and unleash mayhem and catastrophe the like of which Nigerians have never seen.
“The government has the capacity to rig the election and they are shameless enough to do that. I find myself unable to justify under any circumstances the reasons for the President to want to run for a second term because he has failed in everything he said he was going to do. He has said several times that he will not go beyond one term, now he has set that aside and has decided to go for power no matter the consequences for the country. That is not my idea of a statesman; Buhari has pathological lust for power.
“I don’t believe that Nigeria will see peace and of course Nigeria has never seen good governance under Buhari and the same pattern will continue unfortunately. Buhari said he was going to bring security and control the Boko Haram he has failed in that. He said he was going to fight corruption he has failed in that. He said he was going to bring the militants of the Niger Delta under control he has failed in doing that. He promised to better the economy he has failed woefully on that. The best thing is for him to leave so that Nigerians can have their county back,” he said.
…His declaration good for democracy but we will challenge him- NUP chair
Also contributing, the National Chairman of the National Unity Party (NUP), Perry Opara, in his reaction told BusinessDay that President Buhari’s bid to seek reelection is good for democracy, good for Nigerians and also good for APC.
“With this declaration, political activities will commence immediately. As a leader of a coalition of political parties, we have now gotten emboldened and we will re-strategize. I will go ahead and call a meeting immediately with all the national chairman of political parties in our coalition so that we can assess and reassess President Buhari’s declaration and proffer solution on how to move ahead for 2019. It is good that the declaration happened on Monday and I can assure you that between now and Friday, a lot of alignment and realignments will commence.
“Nigerians are the people to decide whether the type of government they have seen for over three years is what they want to continue with or they need a change,” he said.
Buhari’s declaration anchored on failure -NCP chair
Meanwhile the National Chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Tanko Yunusa, said Buhari’s declaration gives the people little to hope for following the pervasive hardship in the country. The NCP chair told BusinessDay on Monday that the declaration is not news. “For us we already have in mind that he was going to run. He has the right to run and he is welcome to the game. We will put up our own team to run against him.
“But it is clear that the president and the government itself have not lived up to expectations of Nigerians and the cry has been huge. Look at the issue of corruption, people have seen that it has been selective and the issue of economy which has been woeful,” he said.
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