Nigeria News – Buhari Looks Strong Still
Nigeria News takes a look at the President Muhammadu Buhari’s chance in 2019 poll
Apart from his ill health, which I think is not much of a worry anymore, President Muhammadu Buhari looks strong to rule Nigeria for the second term.
This is not because of his good performance in the last three years but due to the lack of strong opposition party that can wrestle power from the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Despite every move by former President Olusegun Obasanjo to ensure that Buhari does not re-elect, the president is getting stronger and this is obvious in his speech to mark the Democracy Day on Tuesday.
Buhari did not come up with any policy statement or plans to chase away the marauder herdsmen that had turned parts of the country to slaughter slabs, he emphasized on corruption and how his government would not relent in fighting the scourge.
From the tone of his speech, president Buhari is confident that he will rule again from 2019 and by the time Nigeria will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of civil rule, he will still be in charge to call the shot.
Recently, the president appointed an eloquent lawyer, Festus Keyamo (SAN) as the Director of his 2019 presidential campaign organization.
Appointing Keyamo is very strategic because the fiery lawyer will be ready to give it pound for pound; words for words with whosoever candidate that will be contesting against Buhari in a few months to come.
The opposition party, I mean the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has given too much room to APC to operate and this, of course, is a strong strength for Buhari. Only former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is showing seriousness about contesting.
And when it looks like Atiku will gather some supports, the former president shot himself at the leg by appointing former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel as his Director of Campaign Organisation.
These two cannot pass integrity test, which has since become the barometer to measure leadership in Nigeria since Buhari came on board.
The Peoples Democratic Party is battling an image problem. Some of his members are defecting to APC. The Ekiti State former PDP gubernatorial aspirant and the former party National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye recently defected to APC.
The new PDP within APC are so reluctant to defect to PDP so that their secrets are not exposed. They prefer to hide their heads in APC, even when they have been schemed out of the real action.
Buhari looks real in all these political games and appears to be having the upper hands as the 2019 general election draws nearer.
The president has mastered a bit of what gave him the victory in 2015 election. It is the use of the Permanent Voter’s Card and Card Reader.
He told a group of APC governors that the then ruling party, PDP could not rig the election because of the technology which made every vote count. Buhari directed all the governors to step up sensitization on PVC and card reader so that it would be difficult for any party to rig the election.
He expressed confidence that APC will win again.