Ahead of the 2019 Presidential polls, a pro Buhari group, the All
Progressive Congress – Vanguard, (APC-V) said it has withdrawn support
for President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election, accusing him of failing to
deliver on his campaign promises to Nigerians.
The group insisted that it would be difficult for the President to win
re-election in 2019, stressing that that Buhari’s performance in office
has rendered him unfit for re-election, and urged him to give way to
another candidate from the North.
National Coordinator of APC-Vanguard, Mr. Olusegun Bamgbose, who disclosed
that his group toured many cities across the federation campaigning for
the President in 2015, added that they are already assessing presidential
aspirants and would declare support for anyone who has the capability to
unite the nation and make life more meaningful for the populace.
He lamented that Buhari’s administration has been hijacked by a cabal and
could no longer deliver on the campaign promises he made to Nigeria,
stressing that it would be difficult to sell his candidacy in 2019.
“President Muhammadu Buhari has failed Nigeria. Nigerian is now more
divided under Buhari. The President has been treating the issue of the
murderous Fulani herdsmen with kid gloves. The anti graft war is nothing
to write home about. He has failed to perform and should simply go home
and support another northerner in 2019. The APC would lose the presidency
if they field Buhari in 2019. It is the same manner we warned the PDP not
to field Goodluck Jonathan in 2015.
“Many Nigerians who backed Buhari in 2015 have left him. On what basis
will anybody market Buhari for 2019? What are you going to tell Nigerians
to vote Buhari again for? It will be very difficult for Buhari because
Nigerians are wiser and can only tolerate the President till 2019.”
On whether his group’s decision was not based on lack of patronage from
the President, Bamgbose said,” I’m not looking for any appointment from
Buhari. Remember we toured many states with our resources campaigning for
Buhari in 2015; now, we have nothing to go back and show the people. What
we want is a better life for Nigerians and a President who will unite this
country. So far, it is obvious that Buhari has failed Nigerians.”