President Mohammadu Buhari has expressed faith that defectors from the governing party the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not affect the party’s fortunes at the 2019 polls
The president made this disclosure at the just concluded APC’s National Working Committee (NWC) meeting yesterday in Abuja.
His Word: “They left, threatening to go along with scores of people, thus upsetting the party, but due to the work of the new party leadership, the exit barely made a dent on our superstructure, as they could not muster the figure they had envisaged to cause an upset, particularly in the two chambers of the National Assembly”.
This was as one of its defectors Senator Bukola Saraki declares his intention to run for the same position with the president come 2019 on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party.
The Senate president who was among the defector's presidents Mohammadu Buhari was taunting made his intention known yesterday to vie for the number one seat under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party9 (PDP)
He made the declaration during a dialogue with youths and young aspirants convened by the Not Too Young To Run Movement in Abuja.
He said: “The choice we face in the forthcoming election is either to keep things as they are or make a radical departure from the old ways; to find a better way of doing things or keep repeating the mistakes of the past; to fix the problems or keep compounding them.
“It is with all these in mind, and taking account of the challenges that I have outlined, that I have decided to answer the call of teeming youths, who have asked me to run for president.
“Accordingly, I hereby announce my intention to run for the office of president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria in the coming general elections in 2019 on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
I do so with the firm conviction that I have what it takes to secure inclusive growth for Nigeria and Nigerians.”
But barely few hours after the declaration during dialogue with youths and young aspirants convened by not too young To Run movement in Abuja, the movements had knocked down any form of affiliation with Bukola Saraki’s Declarations for the presidency in 2019 election.
In a statement signed by one of the conveners of the group, Mr Samson itodo said it was displeased with the use of its platform by Saraki to declare his ambition without prior consultation.
“The movement wishes to express its disappointment with Senator Saraki for usurping a platform designed for young aspirants to dialogue with party leadership, to advance his political ambition. “We strongly condemn this act by the President of the Senate and dissociate ourselves from this political move.
“As noted earlier, the movement reaffirms its identity as a non-partisan citizen-led movement dedicated to the defence of democracy, political inclusion and transformative leadership.
“The movement restates its commitment to sustain its engagement with political parties to ensure youth candidacy and democratic primaries by the parties.” The group said that as part of efforts to promote youth candidacy and Democratic primaries, it had commenced series of public town hall meetings with the leadership of political parties and young aspirants.