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Buhari’s second term bid: Activist advocates Performance, as LG boss lauds bid

Friday, 17 February 2017
President Muhammadu Buhari, Federal Republic of Nigeria 

Toye Faleye

Following hints from the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr David Babachir Lawal, that indicates President Mohammadu Buhari may seek second term in office, a human rights activist and President of Voters Awareness Initiatives, Barrister Wale Ogunade, has said that it is performance that will win election rather than mere expression of aspiration and political gimmicks.

Ogunade in reacting to Babachir’s statement says, “He (Babachir) is a politician. He thinks that Nigerians are as naïve as in 2007, when voters were non-chalant and politicians sold anything to them in the name of electoral promises. That era is gone and gone forever in Nigeria. The last general election has proved that what wins election now is performance.”

But in a twist, a former local government chairman and frontline politician, Honourable Olasupo Olayode says, “Babachir spoke out of the conscience of a nation on its knees. He has spoken right. We are no looking for a president in the years ahead but an act of eloquent proof of aversion to corruption as… appropriated and of course personified by President Mohammadu Buhari. We need not a president but a Buhari till the country comes alive.

Babachir gave a hint of the possibility of President Muhammadu Buhari seeking a second term in 2019 while addressing a pro-Buhari crowd gathered at the Unity Fountain, Abuja, on Tuesday, at the beginning of a series of protests in support of the President. He told the crowd that President Buhari feels the pains of Nigerians and was encouraged by the show of support to work to improve their lot.

According to him, the President did not envisage the enormity of the challenges he met on the ground but was doing all within his power to set Nigeria on the path of sustainable growth.

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