2019 PRESIDENCY: BLOODY WAR OF POWER!!! President Muhammadu Buhari Finally ‘Shuts Up’ Former Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida

By Amako Nneji April 15, 2018 14:07

2019 PRESIDENCY: BLOODY WAR OF POWER!!! President Muhammadu Buhari Finally ‘Shuts Up’ Former Presidents, Olusegun Obasanjo, Ibrahim Babangida

Although, President Muhammadu Buhari kept many Nigerians in the dark concerning his ambition for a second term in office, that ice has since been broken, following his public declaration, on Monday, to join the 2019 Presidential race officially.

He practically broke his silence at the Secretariat of the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, when Stakeholders gathered to resolve the thorny issue of tenure elongation of the John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee, NWC.

Buhari had stood his ground, that an extension of tenure of office for the APC executive members, would be unconstitutional and may spell doom for the party, if allowed to sail through, a development that most of the powerful Governors within the party bought into, at the eleventh hour.

Fortunately, the debate that has become rife within the polity, has been the declaration by the President.

Some pundits have been quick to ask why Buhari is interested in coming back in 2019, when he has not been able to deliver the ‘Change’ he promised in his first term; this again is subject for debate among the political class.

Even though Buhari is currently in the United Kingdom, UK, for some official engagements, his declaration has indirectly activated the political adrenalin of the country, with many pundits and political gladiators weighing the pros and cons of the recent controversial declaration.

In the weeks and months ahead, what we may likely witness is the alignment and re-alignment that may take place within the polity.

Now that Buhari has made his position known, it will not be surprising that many aspirants within the platform of the ruling APC, and those on the opposition, will begin to weigh their chances at gunning for the number one job in the country.

Prior to now, most of the political calculations depended on the probability of whether the incumbent President would contest again or not.

Since the stage is now set for the 2019 race, whoever chooses to contest with the President for the party’s sole Presidential ticket, already knows that he has a herculean task ahead of him.

This is evident in the fact that the incumbent President will contest the primaries with all paraphernalia of office, an entirely different scenario from 2014, when he needed the goodwill and sympathy of the delegates.

Whichever way it is viewed, those who were fasting and praying against the second term ambition for President Buhari, would have gone back to the drawing board to check their plan Bs.

Moreover, political heavy weights either within the APC or the opposition who were waiting on Buhari to declare before they made further moves, would by now be considering the option of decamping to other parties.

Now that it has become clear to the opposition that Buhari will run despite antagonism from his predecessors, including ex-Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, and Ibrahim Babangida, and other notable voices in the country, the die may have been cast for the opposition to present a candidate that could match the incumbent President in all ramifications.

Underground politicking has since been activated, notwithstanding the fact that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, was yet to lift the ban on official campaigns, ahead of the 2019 polls.

As if to add pepper to injury, President Buhari who is currently in the United Kingdom for some official engagements, said he declared his intention to seek re-election in 2019, to silence naysayers.

He stated this while playing host to the Archbishop of Canterbury, His Grace Justin Welby, in London, on Wednesday.

A deeper introspection into the words of President Buhari when he stated thus: “I declared before leaving home, because Nigerians were talking too much about whether I would run or not.

“So, I felt I should break the ice. We have many things to focus on, like security, agriculture, economy, anti-corruption, and many others. We needed to concentrate on them, and politics should not be a distraction. The majority of Nigerians appreciate what we are doing, and that is why I am re-contesting.”

This would apparently show that he was responding to naysayers in the likes of ex-Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, and Ibrahim Babangida.

Both former Leaders, had played up the age factor against Buhari, then capped it up with gross failures and ineptitude on the part of the President since 2015, when the administration came on board.

With the major opposition party bent on recapturing power in 2019, and the incumbent battling to keep its head above waters, it is only wise for pundits to continue to observe and make their choices when INEC rings the bell for the general elections to commence next year.


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