- A former governor of Anambra has again warned President Muhammadu Buhari against contesting for Presidency in 2019
- Chukwuemeka Ezeife said age is no longer on the side of the president
- According to Ezeife, he would continue to pray for God to change the president's heart towards contesting in 2019
An elder statesman and former governor of Anambra state, Chukwuemeka Ezeife, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari not to seek a second term in the forthcoming 2019 presidential election.
Ezeife while speaking to Sunday Punch, said age is no longer on the side of the president.
The former governor also said that the stress associated with the office of the Presidency was already having negative effects on his health.
He said he prays God would change President Buhari's heart to dump his ambition to run for a second term.
Ezeife said: “Let us pray so that God would stop Buhari from talking about a second-term and instead, begin a six-month emergency restructuring of Nigeria.
“It is not a matter of whether he is fit or qualified, age is important. He claims to be 75, he may be 82. Even at 75, he is too old to be in that office.
“The second consideration is his comprehensive failure in the first term. If you recorded a failure like that, why do you want to seek a second term?” the former governor asked.
Speaking on the same issue, the chairman of the Northern Elders’ Council, Tanko Yakasai, said he had never supported Buhari to become President of Nigeria.
“Buhari and his party (All Progressives Congress) were not prepared to rule Nigeria in the first instance. Therefore, in my opinion, he should not have contested at all," Yakasai said.
Also, a former minister of Health, A. B. C Nwosu, said although it is President Buhari's constitutional right to seek any office in Nigeria, he would never support his ambition to run for presidency again.
Nwosu said: “It is his (Buhari’s) constitutional right to seek any office just like anybody else. We need to organise ourselves to provide an alternative with a clear set objective that will make life better for Nigerians.”
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Legit.ng earlier reported that the president of the Nigeria Youth Organisation (NYO), Abdullahi Wali, had threatened to sue President Buhari should he fail to contest for presidency in 2019.
Wali said he wondered why the president would say he needed time to decide whether he would run for presidency in 2019 or not.
The youth leader said he would be happy to have the privilege of procuring the form for Buhari.
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