- Senator Ayo Fasanmi said President Buhari is eligible to contest in 2019
- The former lawmaker condemned those saying he was too old to do so
- He applauded the president for the work he has done so far
Senator Ayo Fasanmi who is the leader of a pan-Yoruba socio-political group, Afenifere, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is not too old to recontest in the 2019 elections.
Vanguard reports that Fasanmi in a statement on Tuesday, September 4, also called on some Yoruba leaders to desist from the habit of condemning all the president’s policies.
The Yoruba leader insisted that the talk that the president was too old to contest was based on emotion noting that some young persons who have had the opportunities to perform in some positions have done badly.
He said: “On the issue of his age as being canvassed by some groups, that President Buhari should not re-contest, many elderly people are leaders of their countries, such as United States. Though, Buhari has advanced in age, he is still capable and he agile to lead Nigeria.
"Many younger people have led this country in the past, and yet what is the result?’ To be old as a leader of government business should not be the issue, but whether such person is delivering the expected services."
The former federal lawmaker commended Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Chief Bisi Akande and Otunba Niyi Adebayo, for their leadership roles in making the Yoruba nation more relevant and acceptable in the Buhari’s administration.
“Let me warn some so-called Yoruba groups, to desist from the attempt to draft the Yoruba race into unwelcome national opposition and negative narratives on national events by their destructive criticism of President Buhari.
“It has come to our notice that certain groups have appointed themselves as opposition spokesmen on behalf of the Yoruba nation as if they were elected to do so. This is not the right thing to do. How can a group decide never to see anything good in this government? How can a group decide to pit the Yorubas against a government that has its son as number two?
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“President Buhari should be eulogised for fulfilling his campaign promises with particular refers to critical sectors like; security, war against corruption and economy. He has even done much more particularly, in global politics. Nigeria is no more a pariah and a disdained nation where people think a President can be derogated by few to make him lose election.”
Meanwhile, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, a chieftain of Afenifere, the Yoruba socio-cultural association, said the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) must be naive to think that the North will allow him to succeed Buhari in 2023.
Adebanjo stated this in reaction to Senate president Bukola Saraki’s allegation that Tinubu is supporting President Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid because of his 2023 presidential ambition.
The 90-year-old statesman also urged the people of the southwest not to allow themselves to be fooled by Tinubu a second time.
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