Nigerians protest outside President Buhari's residence in London

Deji Adeyanju

As Nigerians continue to react to the recent declaration by President Muhammadu Buhari to run for a second term in office, the Akwa Ibom State Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Comrade Ini Ememobong, has described the action as an affront to commonsense and a challenge to logical reasoning.

Former President Olusegun Obasanjo, in an open letter earlier this year, called on President Buhari not to seek re-election because of his age and alleged poor health.

He said Buhari's interest to seek for second term smacked insensitivity against the backdrop of the earlier piece of advice for him not to re-contest in the face of rising cases of insecurity, excruciating poverty, horrific conditions of the citizenry and unemployment even attested by the worldwide community.

Mohammed said on Tuesday in Abuja that it was a good news to the party because it would avail them the advantage of having to contest against a seating but unpopular president who had not been able provide the much-desired change for which he was overwhelmingly elected.

"If there is anything on record like that, it is a misquote because I was with him in South Africa when that issue came when he said, oh, he wished he had become president at the time he was a military governor; that he would have done a lot for Nigeria". When he was running in 2011 he said, yes, he would be a president for one term.

"The victory came in 2015".

Barrister Sunusi said that with the declaration of the president, the group is now ready to kick-start the second phase of its mobilisation and support for the president through the recruitment of Nigerians who will not only vote for the President but also serve as his volunteers in 2019. These calls had started coming, but Mr. President would not say a word and that reinforced my opinion that for him, it was not a matter of do-or-die. "The president is a very responsible man and if there was any warning from his doctor, he wouldn't have ventured into this", he said.



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