- Prince Tony Momoh, former information minister, said that after the 2011 elections he made President Buhari to review his decision not to re-contest
- Momoh said even if the president ever said he would run for a single term, he still has a right to change his mind
- The APC chieftain also said the president is constitutionally qualified to contest twice
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Tony Momoh, on Tuesday, April 10, said that he made President Muhammadu Buhari to review his decision not to recontest after the 2011 elections, adding that the president never at any time promised to run for a single term, Daily Independent reports.
NAIJ.com gathered that the national chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), however, said even if the president ever said so, he still has a right to change his mind, which he has done, as the constitution allows him to seek re-election.
The former information minister speaking in an interview in his Abuja residence, said what President Buhari said after the 2011 presidential election was that he will not vie for the presidency again.
However, Momoh stated that he cautioned him against saying so, as only the party can decide for him his next line of action.
“Buhari never said he will only contest for a single term. The Buhari I know will never say so. In fact, he said he will not contest again after the 2011 election. I was the national chairman of CPC and I said, ‘Shut up! You are a member of CPC. It is the party that decides where you go to. You are only an individual.’ And so, he bowed to the wishes of the party.
“So, he never said he will do a single term. But even if he said so, can he not change his mind? But I am saying that he didn’t say so. He is constitutionally qualified to contest twice,” he said.
The APC chieftain in reaction to the letter written by former president Olusegun Obasanjo, asking Buhari not to seek re-election, said such a call is unacceptable since Obasanjo is not a member of the APC.
“We have people who fought for third term in this country. This man has not even contested for second term and you are saying he should not contest,” he said.
Momoh on the leadership crisis that has plagued the APC in the last few days, said the incumbent national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, is qualified to seek re-election, and that a lot of things that happened in the party were exaggerated. He added that the party has put the incident behind it and is poised to win the 2019 presidential election.
“We know there are lots of hiccups in political parties all over the country. That is what it should be because democracy is a talk-shop. If you really want to achieve in a particular polity, then look for that quantum of freedom that will ensure maximum achievement and that is why I say democracy is the luxury of development.
“When you are developing, you look at the form of government you want to take, you call it democracy. Take that quantum of freedom that will drive development and lead to growth,” he added.
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According to an earlier report by NAIJ.com, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Tony Momoh, on Wednesday, January 10, said President Muhammadu Buhari has done well in the delivery of his electoral promises.
Momoh, a former minister of information, gave the assessment in a telephone interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) said though there were still some challenges in the country, Buhari had acquitted himself remarkably well as president of the country.
Momoh pointed out that those who said Buhari had not done well were either playing politics or refused to check the facts.
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