- President Buhari’s media aide said the president will get the ruling party’s 2019 presidential ticket
- He said expressing confidence that the president will be re-elected
- The presidential aide also said the opposition PDP might become completely irrelevant by the time President Buhari gets re-elected
Femi Adesina, the special adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, said he has no doubt that the president would be returned to office when he contests the presidential election in 2019.
Adesina said this during his appearance on Channels Television’s Sunday Politics via Skype from the United Kingdom.
With just 306 days to the presidential election, Adesina was confident that President Buhari would be re-elected to the Aso Villa.
He stated: “I have no doubt that Mr President will get re-elected.
“He will get the party’s ticket and he will go for the general elections, and he will get re-elected; that is my confidence and a lot of Nigerians are with us in this.”
Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) asked President Buhari, who is in the United Kingdom for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM), to inform other world leaders at the gathering of the alleged depressing state of affairs in Nigeria under his watch.
The party said this in a statement issued earlier on Sunday, April 16, by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan.
The statement read in part: “We urge President Buhari to resist the temptation of seeking to impress world leaders with false performance indices, but should present the real situation, particularly the pitiable state of our economy, escalated insecurity, human rights abuses, daily bloodletting, persecution of opposition and erosion of democratic values in the last three years.”
Adesina, however, took a swipe at the opposition party and noted that the PDP does not have any moral right to talk about anything pertaining to the country.
According to him, the party is already holding the shorter end of the stick in Nigeria and by the time the elections end next year, they may not be holding on anything at all.
He said: “They had the 16 years to improve the condition of Nigeria, they messed it up. They are learning to live in opposition, to play in opposition, they are not finding it funny because there is no free food again, no free funds again but they will be there (as opposition) for a very long time.”
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NAIJ.com previously reported that retired Major-General Aliyu Adu Umar Kama said those who are already eyeing the presidential seat in 2019 must have to wait till 2023, adding that there is no vacancy in Aso Rock.
Kama, an indigene of Adamawa state where Atiku Abubakar hails from, was reported as saying there was no vacuum in Aso Rock for now.
Daily Independent reports Kama as saying it would be foolhardy for anyone irrespective of his political inclinations to want to contest against President Buhari.
Kama said this in Abuja during the Hoba Community grand reception for the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, by the elders’ council.
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