Why Buhari must be president in 2019 – Senator

By Sanni Muhammed November 27, 2015 13:33

Why Buhari must be president in 2019 – Senator

All Progressives Congress, APC, Chieftain and Senator representing Zamfara West Constituency, Ahmad Sani Yarima has vowed nobody can stop President Muhammadu Buhari from his re-election in 2019, insisting that despite agitations and plot by party members, the President must be given 8 years to actualize his vision for the country.

Following the crisis that rocked the Senate, Shehu Sani had disclosed that the uproar was all about the 2019 presidential ambitions of some politicians within the APC, an allegation which has not been denied by the party.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has been mentioned as one of such party members gunning for the 2019 Presidency, with claims that remains the motive behind his overwhelming support for Bukola Saraki’s ambition in becoming the Senate President.

Responding to insinuations on whether he would be running for Presidency, Yarima denied the claims while reinstating support for Buhari as the party’s preferred candidate for the 2019 presidential election.

    “I don’t think there is any vacancy as far as I am concerned. President Buhari must go for a second term.

    “You see he has come back with something new, the man (Buhari) is incorruptible”.

The positions playing out are very complex but there is a consistent pattern with top chieftains of the party with all intents and purposes prepared to slug it out with Buhari for the 2019 presidential ticket.

The emergence of Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara as National Assembly Leaders against the wish of the party, has served as a catalyst for discord within the ruling party. With the current APC factionalisation; Tinubu’s camp, Saraki’s camp and Dogara’s camp, the battle for who replaces Buhari is set to be intense.

See: APC Crisis: Party as good as salt without taste – Nwanyanwu

A civil rights lawyer, Mike Ozekhome, once hinted that the watertight conundrum being experienced with the APC has further exposed the internal rumblings and campaign for a possible replacement of Buhari who according to many would be too old to continue in 2019.

    “What we are seeing is the battle for 2019. It is a straight fight between the Atiku camp and Bola Tinubu’s camp. The thinking is that Buhari will be too old to run for office by then so the camps want to consolidate their grip on power before then,” he said.

The opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has already zoned its 2019 presidential ticket to the north, a calculation which they believe could hamper the APC’s plans for 2019.

See: PDP makes huge decision regarding 2019 Presidency

See: Saraki persecution is due to 2019 Presidency – Shehu Sani