While some Nigerians have made up their minds to withdraw support for President Muhammadu Buhari because of what they termed poor performance that has resulted in hard times for the people, the Unity Party of Nigeria (UPN) says patriotic and enlightened minds will continue to support him to achieve success.
The National Secretary of the party, Abubakar Sokoto, said this in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja.
Sokoto issued the statement in reaction to an interview credited to Buba Galadima who was quoted to have said that Buhari may be alone in 2019. Galadima was a former APC chieftain and Buhari promoter.
“Galadima should know that people of his Yobe state in particular and North East states will never leave Buhari alone for what his government achieved against Boko Haram insurgency within a short period of time.
“All patriotic, sensible and enlightened people of this country and those who are having interest of Nigeria at heart will continue to support Buhari.
“Nigerians will continue to support him to achieve success in his fight against corruption, insecurity, unemployment and his effort to pull Nigeria out of recession.”
According to Sokoto, “One of the reasons he advanced is that All Progressives Congress (APC), the party Buhari used to win 2015 election, cannot pay for electricity, water bills as well as staff salaries for months.
“Have you ever seen in the history of Nigeria where in the secretariat of the ruling political party, water is disconnected, electricity is disconnected, salaries of aids and workers are not paid for six months?” Galadima said in the interview.
Sokoto however said that Galadima was politically disconnected, if that was one of the reasons he was acting upon.
“Is Buhari the only beneficiary of the APC electoral fortunes? What about all the Governors, Senators, Members of the National and State Assemblies elected on the platform of the party?
“What we expect Galadima to have done is profer solution on how the APC will come out from its financial problems.”
Sokoto reminded Galadima about what UPN did during the second republic under the leadership of late Obafemi Awolowo to maintain its National Headquarters and offices in the then 19 states.
“The party levied all its elected officers: governors, members of the National and State Houses of Assemblies and Local Government officials to raise funds for the maintenance of its secretariats.
Sokoto added that with the monumental problems of insecurity, fight against corruption and battered economy which bedevilled Buhari’s government, it must be mischievous for anyone to expect him to focus on challenges of water and electricity at the party office.