Buhari Will Not Win In 2019-Nigerians React

By Ikenga Chronicles November 5, 2016

Prominent Nigerians across political divides on Friday evening said that President Muhammadu Buhari will not win the 2019 Presidential election. They urged the APC to face governance and stop scheming for 2019, warning that the party would lose the election if things remain as they are now.

The reaction was in swift response to a statement credited to the National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, in which he promised to ensure that
Buhari seeks a second term.

“Buhari is the only man who can command 12 million votes even without any major campaign”, Oyegun said, while vowing that he “will do anything within my power to ensure that he re-contests in 2019.”

The Pan Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, was the first to react saying that Buhari and the APC should be ready for failure come 2019. The secretary of the mainstream Yoruba organisation, Bashorun Arogbofa, who spoke on behalf of the organisation, said the president and his party must not only fulfill the promises made to Nigerians before thinking of seeking re-election, but Buhari must also take Nigeria out of the current economic recession to be in good reckoning.

He added; “it is also an insult on the sensibilities of Nigerians, who are going through hard times, now that the economy is in comatose to seek re-election.’’

Toeing the same line, a former Minister of Transportation, Ebenezer Babatope, was categorical in his own submission, saying that, as things stand today, Buhari will lose if he decides to seek re-election.

“The APC can do whatever they like. If Buhari says he wants to contest he is free to re-contest, I wish them the best of luck. But by the grace of God if Buhari re-contests, he will fail.”

“The hunger is too much; people are very hungry and they are starving. There is no answer at all to all that. Things were not this bad under Goodluck Jonathan.”

On his part, the National Chairman of the United Progressives Party (UPP) Chekwas Okorie, said he was a bit taken aback by Oyegun’s statement because, “for the national chairman of a ruling party to kick-start a campaign for 2019 in 2016 is very unusual”.

Okorie, noted that it was too early for such a statement, adding that what is paramount now, is for the APC-led Federal Government to improve the
lot of Nigerians and not to start politicking.

“The country is facing a lot of challenges on leadership and governance, and many people are trying to see how they can assist the president to tackle the various challenges in the country. For the chairman of a party to kick-start a campaign for the president now is in a very bad taste and he must withdraw the statement. I expect the president to make a statement that he is focused on governance and not on 2019 election.”

“Otherwise, there is probability that what Odigie- Oyegun said may be so much that the president may digress from the focus that he was supposed to have and that will not be good for the country.”

Also adding his voice against the untimely statement, the presidential candidate of the National Conscience Party (NCP) during the 2015 elections, Martins Onovo, said Oyegun must apologise to Nigerians,for  having failed to lead his party to take Nigeria out of the woods, before making such a “reckless” statement.

“We remember that he promised in writing, immediate pay rise and improved conditions for all five-security services. Nigerians do not deserve false
promises.”

“Today the Nigeria economy is in a recession; national debt is rising; job losses continue; inflation is soaring; our naira has lost over 50 per cent of its value, terrorist herdsmen are killing Nigerians; Boko Haram just overran one of our military outposts last month, killed about 83 soldiers and stole our military equipment; Nigerians are divided along regional lines and power supply has dropped from 4,500 MW to 3,500 MW. What a catastrophic record!”

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