2019: Saraki, Bafarawa, Dankwambo On The Move To Stop Buhari

By Ikenga Chronicles August 15, 2018

2019: Saraki, Bafarawa, Dankwambo On The Move To Stop Buhari

Former Sokoto State Governor, Attahiru Bafarawa, Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state, and Senate President Bukola Saraki are on the move to stop President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.

This is as they appear to be competing for the endorsement of retired leaders of Nigeria (Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida), by visiting them at Abeokuta and Minna.

Bafarawa was the first to visit Obasanjo on Sunday 5 August, and he said that he came to learn more as he hoped to clinch the PDP presidential ticket to square up to incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s election.

Saraki followed on Wednesday 8 August by visiting the Minna Hilltop home of General Babangida.

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In a tweet about his mission, Saraki said he “Dropped in to pay my respects to General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida. Always happy to be with a father and leader.”

On Monday, Saraki surfaced in Abeokuta to meet former President Olusegun Obasanjo, who has floated his own party and has turned himself into a rallying force for anti-Muhammadu Buhari politicians.

Saraki said he came to see the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library, which was formally opened last year;

“You know I missed the official opening of the library and that is why I have decided to come and see the place and honestly it is beautiful. We are very proud of what he has done here,” he said.

A day after Saraki left Abeokuta, Gombe governor, Ibrahim Dankwambo also came knocking at Obasanjo’s hilltop home, along with a retinue of aides.

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He is expected to jet to Minna Hilltop soon, following the trail of other aspirants.

In Minna on Monday night, General Ibrahim Babangida also hosted another presidential aspirant, Attahiru Bafarawa. Bafarawa visited Babangida last week, with the former leader urging him to improve on his leadership weaknesses.

Atiku Abubakar, another presidential aspirant who paid a second visit to Babangida on 2 July and had used all available fora to earn Obasanjo’s blessings but got his hope dashed when Obasanjo openly opposed his ambition.

Obasanjo said Atiku should never count on his support.

“How can I be on the same side with Atiku?” Obasanjo asked. “To do what?”

“If I support Atiku for anything, God will not forgive me. If I do not know, yes. But once I know, Atiku can never enjoy my support,” he added.

“I know Atiku very well. And I have mentioned my position with Atiku. My position has not changed,” he said.

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On a personal note, he added, “If my children are getting married, he has sent representatives. If his children are getting married, I have sent representatives. That is social. That is not political.

But “on political ground, my position has not changed. If I support Atiku for a political office other than the one I supported him in the past when I did not know him, maybe, but not “now that I know him, God will not forgive me.”