- Senator Abubakar Girei says Buhari’s qualities distinguish him from those indicating interest to run in 2019
- The APC chieftain says the president has not done well in the area of economy largely because it is not his area of expertise
- He states that the president will win with a landslide if elections are conducted today
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abubakar Girei, has maintained that President Muhammadu Buhari remains the most formidable and credible candidate to win the 2019 elections.
Girei who is the vice chairman of the Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF) stated that Buhari’s qualities of integrity, honesty and accountability which made emerge as president distinguish him from those indicating interest to run in 2019, The Sun reports.
The APC chieftain said the president had delivered on his promise he made to Nigerians to deal with the security challenges the country was facing and the problem of corruption.
He said: “Everyone can testify that corruption has been fought in a way that it has never been done in a very long time in this country.
“Huge amount of money stolen by public officials have been recovered and institutional measures have been put in place to stem the tide of government corruption and to discourage it at all levels.
“Secondly, the fact that we are sitting here in Yola having this interview is a strong statement to the progress that has been made in the terms of security."
He however stated that Buhari had not done well in the area of economy largely because it is not his area of expertise.
He said the people appointed by the president to handle the economy have unfortunately failed him.
Girei advised the president to reshuffle his cabinet to address weakness in his leadership.
But he insisted that Buhari will win with a landslide if elections are conducted today.
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"But that been said, Buhari has done credibly well and if elections should be held today, Buhari will record a landslide win and all the other candidates combined would not score up to 20% of the votes Nationwide.”
“Adamawa in particular and north east in general, if elections were to hold, Buhari would score more than 80% of the votes.
“The same can be said of the south west, where recent sagacious political move of the president which has created goodwill in the area will also guarantee him a landslide Victory and the same can be said of the southeast, only the south-south would be said is still held by the PDP but even there, for lack of credible candidate with integrity, Buhari may still win by far.
“This is because, Buhari has created that reputation for himself as a man who would not steal and would not allow the people he appointed into office to abuse their office and loot public funds, that is something you cannot say about the rest of the aspirants," Girei stated.
Meanwhile, the southeast zonal caucus of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has adopted President Muhammadu Buhari for second term.
The adoption was made on Sunday December 31, 2017 at Uburu, Ohaozara local government area of Ebonyi state.
The decision followed the high point of the outcome of the southeast zonal caucus meeting held at the home town of the Minister for Science and Technology, Dr Ogbonnaya Onu in Uburu.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was attended by top party chieftains from across the South-East geopolitical zone.
The decision to adopt Buhari for a second term was contained in a five-point communique issued at the end of the caucus meeting.
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