Chief Chekwas Okorie, the national chairman of the United Progressives Party(UPP) has said that president Muhammadu Buhari’s poor performance will cost him re-election in 2019.
Okorie told Sun that if Buhari was fielded as the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in 2019, he will lose.
He also weighed in on ex-president Obasanjo’s letter to Buhari, adding that Obasanjo was not in any position to give advice. He said;
“Obasanjo is delving into an area which is within the personal purview of President Buhari. To me, the advice comes across as though Obasanjo is being a busybody because it is not his business if Buhari chooses to run or not. After all, didn’t he (Obasanjo) want to perpetuate himself in office when he did everything in his power to get a third term for himself? So, he is not in the right position to give that type of advice.
However, President Buhari himself has not governed well. If he was a fantastic president, no one would say that he doesn’t have the capacity to run again.
Donald Trump, the US president is not a young man; Ronald Regan was not a young man when he became President of the US, yet, he was a fantastic president.
The problem is that Buhari as a president has not performed well, but if for any reason, the APC fields him again as their candidate, then all that Obasanjo said would become a campaign issue and even those of us who are not in the party would use it against the APC.
In fact, I pray that the party presents Buhari as its presidential candidate because it would make campaigns very easy for us, and they would make it easy for the party to be easily defeated.”