The All Progressives Congress in Adamawa State has passed confidence vote on President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, saying that its endorsement of Buhari-Osinbajo for 2019 election remains should Buhari signify intention to contest
The party also described the minister of Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan’s comment as unfortunate and hasty.
The State chapter of the party’s position was made known by its Organising Secretary, Ahmed Lawan, on Friday in Yola while speaking on the 2019 presidential election.
Accoriding to Lawan, the party’s endorsement of President Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo should they decide to contest the 2019 election had yet to change.The party noted that by all standards of decorum, the minister had betrayed her loyalty to the administration in which she was appointed to serve, noting that under normal circumstances, she should have resigned her position before making her comments.
Lawan said Alhassan could have waited since 2019 was just around the corner before voicing her comment, which he said was aimed at kickstarting the presidential election bid of another member of the party.
The party said that what should be paramount on the minds of everyone now is good governance and not elections.
“Even if President Buhari is not going to contest in 2019, it is too hasty for her to pronounce. She should have waited until next year. If Mr. President then says he’s not going to contest, then she can say what she has said”. Lawan said.
“This is coming earlier than expected. How does she want Mr. President to tell her he’s going to re-contest in 2019 when we are still in 2017? Even before he finally decided to contest in 2015, did Mr. President say he was going to contest? No. It was people who piled pressure on him to contest.
“We all know he said he was not going to contest [in any election again]. It was the Yoruba people and some people in the North who pressured him into contesting.”
Passing a vote of confidence on the present administration, Lawan said if President Buhari decides not to contest in 2019, there was still no vacancy in Aso Rock because Osinbajo remained a better alternative to lead the country.
He said, “Even if Buhari decides not to contest, we already have a credible alternative in his Vice-President, Prof. Osinbajo. So the Villa is not vacant come 2019. If Buhari is not going to contest, Osinbajo is there. If indeed we are talking about one Nigeria, then we have to display it in 2019.
“Forget about this man coming from the North and this other man coming from the South. The important thing to ask is who will better serve Nigerians. Buhari has already laid a very good foundation for Nigerians with his anti-corruption war.
“If Buhari says he can no longer continue, we already have somebody with the same mind, the same thinking like Baba Buhari. The future of Nigeria is what we should be thinking about, not to bring somebody who will only think of himself, his wives and his family.”
The party also said former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar would not be fair to the party if he was talking of running for the presidential election of 2019 now “when the main focus of all party members should be governance.”