- Senator Ali Ndume (Borno, APC) said he cannot defect from the ruling party and abandon President Buhari
- He said those who are running away from the party and those that do not want the president ’s re-election have skeletons in their cupboards
- Senator Ndume said the president was opposed by many elites because of his anti-corruption stance
- He also gave an insight into why the PDP is considering changing its name
Senator Ali Ndume, the immediate past Senate leader representing Borno South senatorial district in the Senate has said he is a permanent member of the All Progressives Congress (APC)
Ndume stated this in an interview granted to Vanguard newspaper.
“I cannot move to PDP and I cannot abandon President Muhammadu Buhari for personal reasons because he is my mentor. Even the last time when I strayed into PDP or I went on sabbatical leave to PDP, I had a strong discussion with him, not with his approval, but he was quite aware. So we are on course, the challenge is common and surmountable and those that left need President Buhari more than he needs them, everybody knows that,” he said.
When asked if the recent mass defections will not affect President Buhari’s re-election in 2019, he said: “Not at all; I am a Muslim and I believe in my religion and even in Christianity, the Bible said the same thing, God gives power to whoever He wants, not PDP or anybody, that is one.
“In APC, it is like two in one party; we have APC that is the conglomeration of those that formed the APC and we have Buhari’s factor himself. Buhari as a person went into election three times and lost, but he garnered 2 million votes, and we can take that to the bank. And then we now have Southwest that has the next largest population apart from Northwest. Northwest is in the kitty of APC, Southwest and more than half of Northeast and half of North-Central and we are encroaching into Southeast, in South-South; so we have more chances than PDP.”
Senator Ndume added that the main opposition party, PDP, is becoming a taboo that no one wants to associate with.
He said: “PDP is more or less a taboo in Nigeria now and that is why they are contemplating on changing their name because if you go to some places like Borno and if you shout PDP, people will start running away, even if they change their names as others have defected and changed their party, the voters have not changed. You change party, but those that will vote for you are still the same and it is like when you are wearing a blue shirt and you steal something and destroy a place and then you enter a room and change your dress to white thinking that when you come out they won’t know you, they will know you, they will look at your face, they know the type of person you are.”
According to the senator, some elites are scared of the Buhari-led administration because they “have skeletons and dead bodies in their cupboards”.
He said: “Now you will discover that it is the majority of people that have skeletons and dead bodies in their cupboards that are so scared of this government because one of its cardinal programmes is to fight against corruption and they have seen that the president is not ready to compromise that for anybody and they know that the law will get to them eventually.
“So what they want to do is to stop Buhari; don’t you find it very strange that such people that fought and left and then they come back, what is their disagreement when they left and now what have they resolved that is taking them back?
“The common enemy to them is Buhari and why he is pan enemy to them is because he is not compromising on the fight against corruption and the majority of these people that are scared are those that are looking for a safe haven.”
NAIJ.com previously reported that President Buhari said he is not bothered by the mass defections currently being witnessed in the APC.
He made the comment in response to a question posed to him during an interactive session with the Nigerian community in Togo at the Nigerian Embassy, Lome on Sunday night, July 29.
In a statement released by his special assistant on media and publicity, Garba Shehu, the president was quoted as saying that most Nigerians appreciate the performance of his administration; which is why he is not bothered by the defections.
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