I am afraid PDP will stop Buhari in 2019 – Tinubu

By Amako Nneji January 14, 2016 11:07

I am afraid PDP will stop Buhari in 2019 – Tinubu

Lately, the mass defection of members from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, might have grave repercussions on the 2019 succession plan of President Muhammadu Buhari.

The National Leader of the APC, Bola Tinubu, gave this disclosure while speaking to newsmen and hinted at the possibility of Buhari spending a single tenure in office.

Tinubu added that the influx of the PDP members, “will crumble the APC”, especially, if the President (Buhari) decides to do just a term.

Earlier, the former Governor of Enugu state, Jim Nwobodo, and the Senator representing Anambra Central Senatorial District, Uche Ekwunife, had recently defected to the APC.

See: How PDP Governors, Senators were forced to join APC

A chieftain of the PDP, in Ekpoma, Esan West Local Government Area of Edo State, Stephen Emuan, also defected to APC.

Reacting to this, Tinubu maintained that he did not celebrate the defection of PDP politicians no matter the status, therefore warning that they are a disaster in the making.

“The President Buhari I know has very good intentions for Nigeria, and he would want to handover to someone he deems not to be corrupt.

“It is even possible that the President already has a successor in mind. And the danger is this; at the fullness of time, these PDP defectors, will form an unholy alliance with some politicians in APC and across the board, to thwart the President’s succession plan. And that will be the end of the APC, and a new rising for the PDP,” Tinubu stated.

“I’m not elated about the news of former senators, and even serving ones, defecting to the APC. Even if a governor from the opposition defects today, I will not celebrate it.

“I think the President should be leery and extremely cautious of these PDP defectors, and should not give them any serious responsibilities. Because at the appropriate time, they will manifest great evil and disaster against the President and the APC,” he added.

Recently, Tinubu, had described as “padded”, the budgetary figures in the 2016 Appropriation bill of N6.08 trillion, presented to the joint session of the National Assembly by the President, which has now been alleged missing.

This disappointment was expressed through an Editorial titled “Curious Figures” published 3rd January, 2016 in the Nation Newspaper (official Megaphone of the APC) owned by Tinubu.

See: 2016 Budget: APC expresses disappointment, faults Buhari