Mixed reactions trail Buhari’s declaration
Kashim Shettima, Governor Borono
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State after visiting the Chief of Staff to the president, Mallam Abba Kyari said: “We are fully in support of his decision, and it’s part of democratic culture. “Traditionally, the president has the right of first refusal of the candidature of the party, so it’s not something that is unusual or unwarranted or unconstitutional.
“He has done the right thing, he is going to contest, and we are solidly behind him.”
Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State in his own reaction said it was a patriotic response to the clarion call of Nigerians of goodwill for him to lead the country for another four years.
The governor noted too that, the declaration of the President to go for second term would also go a long way to reduce the noise of the opposition and take care of the idiosyncrasies of certain elements in the system.
The governor said the President had done well to deserve second term and remarked that those who had wanted to blackmail him out of going for another term can now find other meaningful things to keep themselves busy.
He expressed optimism that President Buhari would largely garner more votes in 2019 than he had done in 2015 because most Nigerians, including people of the South-East, have seen that he meant well for the nation and her Citizenry.
The governor said the APC has no apology to make because it has done well considering the magnitude of the rot it met on ground in 2015.
Governor Bello Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State on his part, declared his staunch support for the president’s re-election.
“I am a staunch supporter of Mr. President, and I am proud to be associated with such a great leader and personality,” saying the people of Kogi State were among the first to call on the president to seek re-election.
“We thank Mr. President for listening to the voices of Nigerians who are satisfied with his performance.”
Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State on his part said: “That ambition is dead on arrival. We don’t want grandpa as president anymore. Nigeria does not deserve a Buhari as president in 2019. Buhari is old and tired. When people don’t know when to take their leave and say bye, Nigerians will show them the exit door.
“He has done more harm to this country. His ambition is a means by which Nigerians will tell him good riddance to bad rubbish when they booth him out of office. He is an easy candidate to defeat in the poll for he has failed woefully.”
Adesina Special Adviser to President Buhari on Media and Publicity, Mr. Femi Adesina advised prospective contenders to have a rethink, following Buhari’s declared interest to run for the forthcoming 2019 election.
Adesina noted that Buhari is the only candidate that can take Nigerians to the Promised Land. He disclosed this barely hours after the President made a public declaration to contest for 2019.
In his article, titled “2019: Let the others simply run away”, Adesina reeled out Buhari’s achievements noting that he will support him as long as he knows that the president will perform more than anyone else.
“There are two options for those in contention for the presidency in 2019: run, or run away. Now that President Muhammadu Buhari has indicated his intention to run, dwarfs trying to wear a giant’s shoes should simply run away.”
Former Senate President Ken Nnamani, the Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr Osita Okechukwu and the Buhari Support Organisation, (BSO), in Enugu State, were among respondents to President Buhari’s declaration to seek for a second term in office.
Nnamani, who was Senate President under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP), but now a member of the APC said: “He has taken the bull by the horn. There were hitches in his first term; maybe it will be a good opportunity to address them.
On his part, the DG-VON, Mr. Okechukwu said: “Now that he has agreed to our persuasions we believe he is the only one who can consolidate. The credibility of the loan that he is seeking for is because they know he can deliver with the money.
“We expect he will deliver on roads, railway, power sector and self-sufficiency in agriculture. So we need him to consolidate on the achievements he has already made, it’s a welcome development.” The Enugu state chapter of Buhari Support Organisation on its part celebrated the President’s open declaration for second term bid.
Chairman of BSO in Enugu, Chief Anike Nwoga in a statement, yesterday, said “it was is a launching pad for the progress and prosperity of our dear fatherland. A country whose growth has been stunted by infrastructure deficit.
“BSO Enugu State Chapter rates the Buhari’s Roads, Rails, Agric and Power (RRAP) Projects as the most massive infrastructural development in the annals of the history of Nigeria, ever embarked by one regime.’’
Former Ambassador of Nigeria to the Republic of Germany and chieftain of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Professor Tunde Adeniran has welcomed Buhari’s decision saying the SDP would meet him on the field.
“We are happy that he has come out to confirm what we have always suspected. He will meet us in the field. He has to convince Nigerians why they should support him for another four more years of nepotism, insensitivity, insecurity, subjugation, and uncertainty.”
Former governor of Anambra State, Dr. Chukwuemeka Ezeife said the president’s friends did not advise him well even as he affirmed that the president would not win the election.
“Good luck to him if he has chosen to run again. If it is the will of God that he returns, there is nothing anybody can do about it. But if you ask me, I think his close friends should have advised him differently. That is my honest opinion,” Ezeife stressed.
In his reaction, former Minister of Petroleum, Chief Don Etiebet, said: “We have been waiting anxiously for this declaration because some of us have been consistent and audacious in supporting him since May 2015 when he became President of Nigeria. His presidency has shown he is the saviour of Nigeria, what is needed right now is for him to consolidate and entrench his programmes and policies as a foundation for Nigeria to take off as a nation for development.”
Also reacting to the President Buhari’s declaration, the Second Republic Lawmaker, Dr. Junaid Mohammed, said it is left for Nigerians whether President Buhari will get another term or not. “I believe nobody should be surprised about Buhari’s declaration.
“ Why? Because Buhari is a kind of man that cares less about Nigerians and wants to hold on to power as long as he can. It is now left for Nigerians to decide whether he stays on or not. What I can boldly say is that if Buhari wins another term in office, there will not be end to corruption, insurgency, and insecurity. His loyalists and cronies will continue to milk the country.”
The Afenifere chieftain Okurounmi, said by the declaration, President Buhari has shown that he does not have regards for Nigerians.
“I think he cares about nobody, all he cares about is power. His quest for power does not make him think of anything like insecurity which is presently ravaging the country. I believe strongly he is doomed for failure, he is designed for disaster and I am sure he will meet his waterloo.”
The pan-Yoruba socio-political organisation, Afenifere, said though the president has a constitutional right to seek a second term in office, it is left for Nigerians to decide whether they want to support him or not.
Afenifere’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Yinka Odumakin said: “He has constitutional rights to declare, and we also have constitutional rights to say whether we want to support him for a second term or not. So, now that he has thrown his hat in the ring, we want to see other hats in the ring. If Nigerians do not want what they have experienced in the last four years, they will decide. It is clear today that for Nigeria to move forward, Nigeria must be a productive country.
Senator Lawan“Last year, I said it that the President has no option than to run for the second term. He has been working very hard to set infrastructure foundation for Nigeria, and he needs to consolidate on that. With very scarce and limited resources due to the declining price of crude oil in the world market, this administration has been able to do a lot with the little it has got.”
Deputy Minority Whip of the Senate, Senator Biodun Olujimi, PDP, who welcomed the development said it would make it better for the PDP to win.
“We welcome him into the race because it will be easy to beat them.”
Second Republic politician, Chief Guy Ikokwu, said the ball is now in the court of Nigerians to decide based on their assessment of President Buhari’s performance.
He said: “Buhari has the constitutional right to declare for second term. It is also the absolute right of Nigerians to assess his performance in office in the last three years and judge whether Nigeria has been better, whether there are real changes and improvement in their socio-economic and political welfare. If they felt he has done well, it is their privilege to endorse him.