- Tam David-West says there is serious disenchantment in Nigeria but that Buhari can salvage the situation
- David-West warns Buhari against believing that he cannot be defeated in 2019
- He, however, says the president has more advantages because the other parties are yet to reach concrete decisions
A former petroleum minister and bosom friend of Muhammadu Buhari, Tam David-West, has urged the president to seek re-election in 2019, but should not believe he cannot be defeated in the exercise.
David-West, who confess that he remains a die-hard Buharist, warned the president not to believe those giving him hope that nobody can defeat him.
In an interview with The Guardian, David-West lamented the many problems facing the country currently but said the president can make impact in few months and make the people clap for him.
He, however, maintained that there is serious discontentment in the land and said this can be changed if the right things are done.
“Mr President can make impact in few months that people will clap for him. He stands a chance, because all those against his second term do not have alternative yet. That is in his favour.
“There is discontentment in the land no doubt, but can you change this condemnation to commendation? You can if you do the right thing, but some of these things take time to mature. Can people still vote for him?
“I heard someone say that you cannot defeat Buhari and I said no. The probability is that they will still vote for him. People are suffering.
“I am a diehard Buharist, but I cannot close my eyes and my conscience to admit there is not a lot of suffering. And something should be done about it. Don’t believe your people who say nobody can defeat you. As you can win, so can you be defeated.
“I read in the papers some people saying nobody can defeat him. By saying that, you are not helping him. Any politician going to polls either wins or loses. So, if you say nobody can defeat you then there is no point for election.
“You are elected to change and you can do the change. He made a mistake in the first four months. The mistake is what is haunting his government.
“The people, who he surrounded himself with, now cabals are not working in his interest. I told him before his wife went to the press, that the people are working against him,” he said.
He added: “But, I want him to contest, because by our constitution, he has the right to contest and sentimental too. He suffered a lot to be elected.
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“I have never joined any political party, but I support principles and persons. I do not see anybody in the political terrain that can contest against Buhari on moral turf. That is his greatest asset. Buhari is clean and upright.
“I cannot say that of any politician. All of them who are saying he should not re-contest are not better politically and on a moral turf. None of them can contest integrity with him.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the speaker of the Borno House of Assembly, Abdulkarim Lawan, declared that the entire state will vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Lawan boasted that the current gale of defections from the All Progressives Congress (APC) will not get near the state.
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