THE Peoples Democratic Party has said the recent endorsement of state governors to President Muhammadu Buhari for second term ahead of 2019 general election is because of “fear of job loss.”
The party also described the visit of the governors as self-serving.
HEADLINE had reported that seven state governors had endorsed Mr. Buhari for a second term in office though the president is yet to officially declared wether to run or not.
The seven governors are, Nasir El-rufai of Kaduna, Abubakar Bello of Niger; Ibrahim Gaidam of Yobe, Yahaya Bello of Kogi, Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano, Jibrilla Bindo of Adamawa and Simon Lalong of Plateau.
According to them, they were supporting the president because they want him to continue.
Reacting, the PDP said the endorsement has to do with the “looming disgrace” awaiting the governors at the 2019 polls.
The party reacted through its verified Twitter handle, @OfficialPDPNig.
1. Fear of Job Loss Grips @elrufai, Others
The visit of @Elrufai and six other governors of the @APCNigeria to @Mbuhari asking him to run for 2nd term is self-serving. @Elrufai and his cohorts are scared stiff of the "looming disgrace" awaiting them at the 2019 polls, pic.twitter.com/fh64dKoXCM
— Official PDP Nigeria (@OfficialPDPNig) January 13, 2018
Meanwhile, human rights activist and senator representing Kaduna Central, Shehu Sani, has advised the president to forget his ambition of running for a second term next year and address the enormous challenges in the country today.
Sani said the President and his second term campaigners have no basis to seek for the votes of Nigerians when Fulani herdsmen and kidnappers have waged unrelenting war against many communities in the country, with scores killed and properties destroyed.
-It is wrong to be talking of the re-election of Buhari as President when hundreds of lives are being lost and people are being massacred in different parts of the country.
-In time of bloodshed like this, the issue should be how to come together and address the problem. But those marketing the President at a time of this bloodshed are like people dancing on the graves of Nigerians.
-Campaigning for Buhari for next year- election when people are being killed, when orphans and widows are being produced as a result of the tragedy of these circumstances and people are being kidnapped, I think amounts to political sacrilege.
-It is an insult on the conscience of Nigerians and it is an insult on the moral integrity of Nigerians for anybody to ignore what is happening and simply walk to the President and tell him that what is important at this material time is his re-election campaign for next year- election”
He lamented the level of attacks and killings by armed Fulani herdsmen in Benue, saying: -If we allow this trend to continue, it would threaten the peace and unity of this country.
-I advise people advising the President and strategising for him to contest the elections to spare him some time, advise him well and provide a solid strategy to end the carnage and atrocities that is going on in the country today.
-Human life is more important than politics, because you cannot preside over dead people. The images we see in both social and traditional media is heart-rending and despicable.
-I can tell you that over a year ago, the President was in Zamfara State in military fatigue to address the problem of banditry and mass killing. The President should be seen in any part of the country where such violence occurs.
-The President must visit Southern Kaduna, Birnin Gwari, Taraba, Benue, Rivers and Adamawa states. It gives people some hope that their Commander-in-Chief is determined and committed to defend and protect them”