The Peoples Democratic Party says the counsel by the All Progressives Congress National leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that former President Olusegun Obasanjo and military dictator, Gen Ibrahim Babangida (retd.) should quit politics and join the retiree’s club, best suits President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party said Tinubu’s stance completely vindicates the position of Obasanjo and Babangida, the PDP as well as majority of Nigerians, “who hold that President Buhari should not seek re-election in 2019, having failed in governance and nation-building.”
The party further said that President Buhari ought to step aside largely due to his alleged inability to connect with the social and economic realities and speed of the current generation.
The PDP, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, on Wednesday, in Abuja, said Tinubu was proverbially passing a message to President Buhari and his supporters on the fact that their candidate no longer enjoys mass acceptance among Nigerians ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Ologbodiyan said, “Every discerning Nigerian has discovered the fact that Asiwaju Tinubu is subtly passing a critical message to President Buhari and his supporters that he should not contest the 2019 election and that Nigerians have already moved on even without them.
“Even Asiwaju Tinubu knows that President Buhari, for obvious reasons, is the most qualified of all our elder statesmen to join the retiree’s club and save the nation the agony of more years of misrule characterized by untold economic hardship, heavy bloodletting and general indignation.
“The supporters of President Buhari should, therefore, accept the reality by reading the handwriting on the wall and heed wise counsel from well-meaning Nigerians.”