Nelson A.Osuala [22 November 2016]
As you do the maths you will understand that its been 19 months deep into the 4 year reign of the Buhari led APC-administration which by calculation will terminate in 2019, for a fresh Government to take over.
However, the provision of the Law allows an incumbent President to occupy the Corridors of power only for two tenures( 8years).
It is upon the above premise that our source have provided viable information which suggests in strong language that President Buhari would seek a second term in office come 2019.
Buhari who showed such unwavering interest for a second term in office outrightly dismissed aspersions that his political interest for presidency come 2019 will meet a disappointment and be truncated as he will not find any support from Nigerians due to the adverse effect of his APC- 'Change' Mantra.
Pres. Buhari who spoke via his media aide refuted such claim and contended in a sharp reply against a statement by the erstwhile defunct member of CPC (Congress for Progressive Change), Alhaji Buba Galadima, who earlier criticized the Rtd General, Buhari alleging that the 'Angry and Hungry' Nigerian masses would abandon him, if he seeks a re-election.
In a counter argumentation delivered on Monday night, the Presidency, through the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, stated that the “suggestions that the masses will desert President Buhari in 2019 was unfounded and utterly ridiculous.”
Shehu reiterated that: “Ordinary Nigerians are the backbone of his mandate and the only reason he ran for the office is to protect them against the rapacious merchants of corruption, who have held Nigeria back for decades. Hence, Galadima’s calculation and prediction are utterly confused and misleading.”
He further informed that “the masses are solidly behind Buhari because he is not stealing their money and their future."
”President’s enormous goodwill remains ever strong because the people are convinced the President is acting in their best interest, despite the temporary unintended consequences of reforms.”
He urged Galadima to retire to his constituency and stand an election if he still enjoyed the goodwill of his people.
He further counseled the defunct CPC member, Galadima to honourably " Hang his boots" (retire), to allow for peace and progress of Nigeria.
According to him,contrary to Galadima's criticism, “President Buhari is far from isolation. He enjoys a very strategic relationship with ordinary Nigerians. This relationship is as solid as the proverbial rock.
”If Buba Galadima thinks that because he has no role and no job in this government that means President is isolated, he is putting himself to ridicule.
“Galadima cannot speak for the masses as far as their steadfast loyalty to Buhari is concerned. While acknowledging that Galadima was entitled to advance his own political agenda, Malam Garba said Galadima didn’t have the right to decide for ordinary voters.
“Buba Galadima’s disagreement with President Buhari was based on principle. He explained that President Buhari is committed to level playing field and would not want anyone to link his name to injustice.”
“Galadima’s disagreement with Buhari started in 2011 when a group within the party, orchestrated an organizational mess by which the CPC embarked on the imposition and substitution of candidates for cash payments at the expense of those duly and democratically elected.
“Muhammadu Buhari was embarrassed by the incidents and complaints about the imposition and substitution of candidates, adding that he, as a democrat, would not suppress the will of the people to please selfish interests.
“Consequently he dispensed with the service, such as they are, of Buba Galadima; ran and won the 2015 Elections without them. Let Buba Galadima go to his constituency, stand for election and see what will happen to him”, Shehu stressed.
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