Wild jubilation in Kano over Buhari’s declaration
Governor Gandujje of Kano State
Meanwhile, there was wild jubilation in Kano, yesterday after the declaration, as youths in their hundreds took to the streets to celebrate.
Usman Baba, a resident, said the past three years of the Buhari administration had been spent restoring security in the country and fighting corruption.
“We are happy and hoping that President Buhari should return to embark on infrastructural development since he has already retrieved a lot from looters,” he was quoted to have said.
“We don’t want someone to come and embezzle the retrieved loot or divert it to some looters again. That is why we want him to serve another term.”
Abduljalal Mu’azu, another resident, also expressed optimism that if Buhari wins a second term, the country’s situation might improve.
A female respondent Malama Musa, said the world had accepted the president as trustworthy and transparent.
PDP The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in its response said “Buhari’s declaration is an internal affair of the APC for which it would not interfere.”
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan said that the declaration had placed President Buhari among the ranks of aspirants seeking to be the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, effective May 29, 2019.
“Until he becomes the candidate of the APC, we will not spend precious time on his mere show of interest,” he noted.
Comrade Issa Aremu, General Secretary of the National Union of Textile, Garments and Tailoring Workers of Nigeria, (NUTGTWN) said “while it is the president’s constitutional right to contest, workers would exercise their right to vote for who they feel is best for Nigeria.
“For us in the labour movement, 1999 Constitution of Nigeria allows for two-term tenure for the President if elected. Same for governors and open-ended for legislators.
“The controversy over why the President is contesting or not is therefore unnecessary. He has that right for re-election. What is also clear is that Labour will also exercise its constitutional rights to vote based on critical assessment of all political office holders with respect to decent work, decent pay, employment, cost of living, security and building of a prosperous, fair, just and united Nigeria.”
Onyia Former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chief Dubem Onyia, in his reaction said: “Buhari scored low in all sectors. He came to power with the promise that he would fight corruption. In four years, nobody has been brought to book for corruption, and there is pervasive corruption everywhere. Look at the issue of Maina. He even recalled somebody who was sacked for alleged corruption.
“The job of the government is to provide security for its citizens; he has failed to provide security for Nigerians. Nigerians are being slaughtered on a daily basis across the country, and nobody is doing anything.
“Take the issue of the Naira. He came in when the exchange rate was N190 for a dollar, but it is now over N366 for one dollar.”