Barely hours after President Muhammadu Buhari announced his intention to run for the 2019 presidency, a prominent Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain and one time governorship aspirant in Delta state, Chief Sunny Onuesoke, has reacted to President Buhari’s declaration to seek re-election into office of the president for the second term.
Onuesoke, who has been one of the strongest opponents of the APC in Delta, described Buhari’s second term ambition as insensitivity on the part of Mr. President to the yearnings and pains of the Nigerian masses.
In a statement dated April 9, 2018, signed and made available to journalists by his media aide, Stanley Efe, Onuesoke, the environmentalist, lampooned Buhari and APC for bringing untold hardship on the masses.
At the early hours of Monday, President Buhari declared to the APC NEC of his readiness to contest the 2019 presidential election. Prior to his declaration, his supporters had been clamouring for him to run for the 2019 presidency.
Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano state had on Friday said he would sue the president if he fails to declare interest in the 2019 presidential election. His declaration may not be unconnected with these calls from a few members of the APC.
But Onuesoke, a strong member of the PDP, said: “Inasmuch as Mr. President has the right to vie for any elective position as enshrined in our constitution, his declarations to seek for a second tenure in office as president is an insult to the sensitivity of Nigerians.
“This is the same Buhari who told us in 2015 that he will not seek re-election after completing his first tenure on account of old age and health grounds. Obviously we can’t trust such an old man who cannot keep to his words.
“The Buhari / APC led federal government has brought untold hardship, excruciating pains and debilitating poverty on Nigerians. They have nothing good to offer the ordinary people out there who voted them into power in 2015.
“It is shame that APC, as a party, does not consider the interest and wellbeing of Nigerians but the interest of a few cabal who are hell bent on perpetually enslaving Nigerians.
“I called on Nigerians to rise up and say No to APC’s brand of wicked and vindictive leadership. We must put an end to this inept leadership exemplified by President Buhari come 2019.
“Nigerians should remain calm and go about their normal businesses in the face of this grave provocation by APC. Go and Get your voters card ready and come 2019, we shall send APC out of Aso-Rock” the statement concluded.