Abuja - President Muhammadu Buhari has confirmed that he will seek a second term in office during the 2019 presidential election.
Buhari;s confirmation came a day after a former Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) member, Buba Galadima said Buhari would be abandoned by the people if he decides to contest in 2019.
Buhari in a statement on Monday by his Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, stated that the suggestions that the masses will desert him in 2019 was unfounded and utterly ridiculous.
Shehu's statement read: 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.
"Galadima’s calculation and prediction are utterly confused and misleading.”
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"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.”
“President Muhammadu 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, Galadima didn’t have the right to decide for ordinary voters.
“Buba Galadima’s disagreement with President Buhari was based on principle.
"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.
- News 24