The Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu has ruled out chances of the opposition to produce a formidable challenger to President Buhari in the 2019 elections. Shittu who has been at the forefront of the reelection push for President Buhari within the cabinet maintains that the President remains popular and would power the APC to victory in 2019. He said:
“No other party has that symbolic leader who can be respected, who commands the followership of millions of ordinary Nigerians, and I believe all active participants in the APC appreciate that Buhari is a blessing to the party. He’s the one whose euphoria, whose whirlwind brought a lot of people into political offices in 2015 and he is still available to do the same magic there. In any case, if anybody doubts you, you want to ask them who is the alternative who can beat Buhari and which is the alternative political party which can compete with APC in 2019? ”
Acknowledging the crisis within the ruling party, he said that it is not unusual and believe that the President would rally the party together. “Currently, I don’t see any competition to APC. The fact that you have crisis – even in individual homes, we have crisis. That does not make that family to go into extinction, Shittu said.
“You must appreciate that political parties are not classrooms where you have one master, one teacher who beats everybody to line. We have a party which came as a result of the agglomeration of several interests who all believed in the symbol that President Muhammadu Buhari represents.
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