As 2019 elecction draw near and also following the just concluded national elective convention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), more indications have emerged on the possible hurdles that may pose serious challenges to President Muhammadu Buhari’s chances in the 2019 general elections if he eventually decides to run.
Despite complaints of irregularities expressed by some aspirants with regards to the convention, there are feelers that the bouncing back of the opposition party has created a fresh challenge for President Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Abubakar Tsav, former police chief and Commissioner, Public Complaints Commission, speaking on the the possible hurdles before Buhari ahead of 2019, said the President is popular with the people because he is perceived as not being corrupt but cautioned that he should not be silent when any of his aides or associates are involved in graft.
He said: “People love Buhari because he is not corrupt but at the same time, he should not shield anybody, and anybody who commits any fraud, no matter who he is should be dealt with. Some people are not happy with him because they feel that even though he is not corrupt, he keeps silent when some people commit crime. He should intensify his war against corruption. Buhari should also try and create jobs for the youth and ensure there is security of lives and properties of the people.”
Also Dr Dozie Ikedife, former President-General of Ohanaeze Ndigbo, said he does not know what Buhari would do to be voted for by the people of the South East zone of the country in the next general elections.
The people of the South East, he said, do not feel that President Buhari’s administration has given them the attention they deserve since his inauguration on May 29, 2015.
He said: “ People of the East feel that they have not been seriously included in the scheme of things in the country not only in the employment of individuals and personnel but in the maintenance of old infrastructure and building of new ones. These are the things that matter to us. The people of the South East feel that they have been shortchanged and the 2014 National Conference recommended that the South East gets the sixth state. Following the constitution to do it may be difficult but if the leadership is willing, they can do it. That would be a demonstration of goodwill and appreciation of the feelings of the people.”