- Supporters of Atiku Abubakar have said they are not bothered about President Buhari's decision to seek reelection
- According to them, Nigerians are wise enough to elect the leader of their choice
- They called on the PDP to do the right thing by giving Atiku the party’s presidential ticket
A political group, Atiku Abubakar Grassroots Ambassadors of Nigeria, has said there was nothing unusual about the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari to declare to run for a second term in office.
The group’s national president, Ferguson Okpala, made the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Awka on Tuesday, April 10.
Okpala said the Atiku movement was not worried by the announcement as it would only make the next general election a keen and interesting contest.
He said the opposition must nominate the right candidate if it wished to have a robust contest in the next election.
“For us, the decision of President Buhari to seek re-election is a good one, it is his personal decision and right; nobody should deny him that. But we are not worried about that, it is even good for us because we know one of our likely opponents.
“Nigerians are wise enough to elect the leader they want.
“What we are asking for now is that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) should do the right thing by giving Atiku the party’s presidential ticket because he is the only one that has the reach, credibility and capacity to face Buhari," he said.
Okpala, who believed that power belongs to God, said that performance and not incumbency would determine the 2019 elections.
“I don’t think incumbency will play big role in the coming election because the electorate will compare performance with promises which the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) made before they took over government,’’ he concluded.
Buhari had declared his intention to run for a second tenure on Monday, April 9. The development was made public by the president's personal assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad who took to his Twitter handle, @BashirAhmaad, to announce the development.
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He further disclosed that the president made the announcement during the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Meanwhile, a youth movement under the aegis of Jagaban Movement, has thrown its weight behind the declaration of President Muhammadu Buhari to seek re-election in 2019.
In a statement sent to NAIJ.com by its national coordinator, Bashir Adegboyega, the group said the president's re-election bid tilted towards the path of a safer tomorrow and massive employment of human and non-human resources in Nigeria.
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