- Prof. Itse Sagay said, if re-elected, President Buhari’s second term will be firmer, similar to how he ruled in 1984
- He said Nigeria needs such a firmer approach to combat gross indiscipline among the ruling elites
- The renowned lawyer said the Buhari administration will build on the groundwork it has prepared if re-elected in 2019
Prof. Itse Sagay (SAN), the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s second term will be firmer, stronger, and close to how he operated in 1984 as military head of state.
In an interview with the Independent, Professor Sagay said the president will be firmer if he gets the second term bid.
He said: “It is not that I have consulted him but I believe that his second coming will see a firmer, stronger type of leadership, a bit closer to what he was in 1984. I think that is what Nigerians should expect because this country is suffering from gross indiscipline of the ruling elites. We have seen a whole lot of impunity in the system.”
Asked whether he was surprised that the president is seeking re-election, he said: “I knew all the time that he was going to contest even though he might not have been very keen but the large number of relevant people in the party who were determined that he should re-contest were just too many. He couldn’t resist that force; otherwise, the disappointment could have been devastating. So, he had to bow to that pressure.”
Sagay said that the current administration will be able to build on its achievement if voted in for the second term.
“So, this government has gone through extreme difficulty to keep Nigeria afloat. However, that era is coming to an end and an era of prosperity is coming. So, one is really looking forward to the second term of Buhari and Osinbajo,” he said.
The renowned lawyer also shared his opinion about the leadership of the ruling party and the recent rejection of the one-year extension given to the Chief John Odigie- Oyegun-led NWC by President Buhari.
He said: “I supported the rejection of the one year extension not because I didn’t like Oyegun but because if the tenure elongation had been allowed to stand, the PDP would have had an apian way, expressway to the presidency and the other offices because all the nominations of the APC would have been held illegal and invalid because the people who organised it themselves are not entitled to be there. People who are occupying illegal offices could only produce illegal nominees. So, the president saved the party from catastrophe by rejecting the tenure extension.”
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Sagay blamed Oyegun for the indiscipline and crisis rocking the ruling party: “Oyegun has been a terrible failure as national chairman of the party. He has not shown the resolve and strength of purpose to direct the party properly and rid it of moles and enemies.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that President Buhari assured Nigerians that his administration will do its best and ensure that the confidence people have in the APC led government will not be abused.
He said: “We will do our best to justify your trust in us, and that confidence won't be abused.”
According to Femi Adesina, a presidential spokesperson, the President said this in London on Sunday, April 15, while receiving the Buhari Diaspora Support Organization, led by Charles Efe Sylvester.
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