SDP, Agoro kick against his re-election
Say bid insensitive, opportunity to defeat unpopular incumbent candidate
The Social Democratic Party (SDP) yesterday said President Muhammadu Buhari’s declaration of interest for re-election in 2019 was insensitive and an opportunity to defeat an unpopular incumbent president.
The party’s National Deputy Publicity Secretary, Alfa Mohammed, in a statement issued in Abuja yesterday, said for over the past three years, Buhari had not been able to provide the much-desired change for which he was overwhelmingly elected.
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 international community.
“We insist that the President should have a rethink on the matter in the interest of Nigerians, particularly the younger generation and the women who were the most affected,” he said.
In another development, the National Chairman of National Action Congress (NAC), Dr. Olapade Agoro, has described Buhari’s declaration to re-contest in 2019 as an “attempt to continue tragedies and woes,” which he said, characterised the present government.
Agoro, in a statement issued in Ibadan yesterday, challenged President Buhari to mention his achievements and any positive impact made in the lives of Nigerians in the last three years that would make people welcome his decision to continue in office.He wondered why the President wanted to re-contest when the country’s economy had been going downward since he came to power with “financial fiscal deficit budget.”
Agoro also said Buhari must “be told in plain and direct language that he has no business to seek again the mandate of management of hope already thrown in disarray nation.”