- The Buhari Campaign Organisation says the recent defection of APC lawmakers will not affect Buhari in 2019
- The group said Buhari is already popular among the masses, with or without the lawmakers
- It added that the president has always pooled millions of votes at elections because he is the man of the masses
The Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s popularity and chances in the upcoming 2019 election will not be affected by the recent defection of 14 senators and 37 House of Representatives members from the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to the opposition parties.
The comment was made by the group’s national coordinator, Danladi Pasali, The Nation reports.
NAIJ.com gathers that Pasali opined that an analysis of the defections showed that most of the lawmakers took the decision to save their political ambitions as a result of their grievances at the grassroots.
He also stated that no serious politician could dump the president or the ruling party at this particular moment; as Buhari is already popular among the masses, with or without the lawmakers.
Pasali said: “All of those that decamped to PDP need Buhari in their political career more than Buhari needs them. Except few among them, majority of them rode on the wave of popularity of His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 to secure their mandates.
“So, for us at the BCO, we regard this as great political miscalculation and suicide they committed.
“We see this as a good omen. We, as the BCO, are celebrating. In most cases, you can’t make progress if you have an enemy within, because he will pretend to be with you; but in reality, he is using the relationship to bring you down.
“We urged the president to be cautious of those types of politicians, because many of such people are still within the party, but Almighty God will reveal them one after another, very soon.
“The truth is that when somebody feels that he or she has followers, 2019 is coming, we know that as far as we are concerned, the issue of Kwankwaso and all of the affected lawmakers are nonentity.
“Look at the arithmetic on how Buhari was contesting elections since 2007; most of them were not with him, but he always pooled millions of votes at elections because he is the man of the masses.
According to him, the masses know what Buhari stands for and they have also tasted the good governance that they never witnessed from past administartions in terms of infrastructural development in the area of roads, rails, agriculture, health, educations and employment generation.
“These are the yardsticks for economic prosperity; not stealing money and sharing it to people without providing any goodies to the people as it used to happen during 16 years of the PDP in office," he added.
Recall that NAIJ.com previously reported that there was a rowdy session at the National Assembly on Tuesday, July 24, as 15 senators dumped the ruling APC.
The senators, including Dino Melaye and Abdul-Azeez Nyako, announced their defection at the Senate plenary.
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