- Ex-Governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole has said he is certain that President Muhammadu Buhari will easily be elected again if he seeks re-election
- Oshiomhole says by 2019, the Buhari-led administration would have done enough to have the people re-elect Buhari as president
- The former governor says the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would not have stood a chance in tackling all that the Buhari-led government has faced
Ex-governor of Edo state, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole has given reasons why President Muhammadu Buhari will be conveniently re-elected if he seeks for a second term in office when the 2019 elections come around.
He said the Buhari-led administration would have further consolidated on its numerous giant strides by 2019.
He added that by then, comparisons would be made by Nigerians as to the messy situation the country was in 2015 and the changes that were recorded afterwards.
Daily Post reports that the former Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) president, who spoke to journalists, said against the rhetoric of critics who no longer have access to stolen and cheap money, the truth remained that the country was gradually undergoing an unprecedented change that had put it in the path for greatness and real success.
He said: “If the Peoples Democratic Party were still at the center, I bet you it would have been case closed for Nigeria.
“Boko Haram got up to Benin and had a base in Kogi, who wants to return to that path?
“Who wants to go back to the era when Nigeria Army were said to be running away from battle?
“Who wants to return to the era of abuse of subsidy?
“Again, in all fairness who wants to return to the era of crude oil theft?
“I had asked former President Jonathan as a member of the security committee with governors how crude oil were been stolen in tankers and the Nigerian Navy was not aware. Were the tankers flying?
“Why are we not hearing such stories again, he queried.Who was in government when companies such as Michelin, Dunlop, and Nestl etc started relocating to Ghana.
“Here in Nigeria, a government spent $16bn on power and at the end of spending the last dollar the country degeneration rated from from 4,000 megawatts to 2000 megawatts.
“Who wants to return to an era where in the name of privatization, the PDP government handed over sensitive national assets to brothers, friends and cronies who neither have the competence nor the wherewithal to invest in power distribution which has further compounded our problem today.
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“So who wants to return to such time.
“So honestly for me, the facts and choice is clear ahead and of course will be in 2019," the former Edo governor stated.
While welcoming the President Buhari back from his sick leave, Comrade Oshiomhole applauded the President on the way and manner he handled his vacation, saying it was unprecedented.
He added: “President Buhari is not the first to fall ill, he just happens to be the first in the history of Nigeria to acknowledge that he was ill and hence going on vacation and also to seek medical attention.
“And as required by law, unlike in the past, he duly wrote to the National Assembly and requested that his vice acted as stipulated. What more did Nigerians expect.”
Meanwhile there are speculation that Oshiomhole might be drafted into Buhari's cabinet following a shakeup which sources in the presidency claim is imminent.
According to Sunday Punch, the changes were going to be ‘earth-shattering’ because a few of the President’s powerful aides and prominent members of the administration would be affected.
Investigation reveal also that the Governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria, Godwin Emefiele, is likely to be affected by the changes.
A senior government official, who preferred anonymity said: “In the next few weeks, we are entering the second half of this administration.
I can tell you that a major cabinet reshuffle is on the way. Ministerial vacancies for Kogi and Gombe states would be filled, while there would also be an exchange of portfolios.
“Some junior ministers, whose relationships with their senior counterparts are not smooth would also be redeployed.”