By Abbanobi-Eku Onyeka
The Supervisory Councilor for Special Duties, Abuja Municipal Area Council (AMAC), Engr. Ndidiamaka Nwagba, has predicted victory for President Muhammadu Buhari, during the 2019 presidential election.
In an interview with The AUTHORITY, Nwagba said that Buhari’s attempts to become president before 2015 were frustrated by vote riggings in many of the states of the federation, adding that after he became president; the former military head of state has endeared himself to millions of Nigerians who are ready to protect his votes in the forthcoming presidential election.
He described President Buhari as an epitome of integrity, saying that the former APC members who recently decamped to the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), contested and won the 2015 general elections on the president’s integrity mantra.
He also said that the defectors won at the polls due to Mr. President’s organizational skills and popularity, adding that the APC is still intact and “Buhari’s integrity and popularity are still there.
His words: “Buhari has been contesting and statistically, he has been winning. Before 2015, he was denied the people’s mandate due to the fact that he never put capable people to protect his votes across the states of the federation.
“He is loved by Nigerians and they will not abandon him. So with the people supporting, he will certainly win the upcoming presidential election in 2019.”
According to him, President Buhari has in his less than four years stay in office, performed more than his predecessors, urging Nigerians to avail themselves with information regarding the performance of the Federal Government under APC-led administration.
He advised the Buhari-led government to improve on the security situation in the country, including stopping the killings in some states of the country by alleged Fulani herdsmen and armed bandits.
The supervisory councilor dismissed as false the allegation by the opposition that President Buhari is incapable of managing the country’s economy, saying that the exchange rate of the Naira against the US dollar increased shortly after this administration took over due to the fall in the price of oil, which is the mainstay of the country’s economy.
He commended the Buhari-led administration for investing heavily in agriculture, saying that apart from ensuring food security, investments in agriculture would create jobs for the teeming unemployed youths in the country.
“Due to a shortfall from earnings in oil, the Buhari administration diverted its efforts towards improving agricultural production, to earn more money for the economy, ensure food security and create more jobs in this sector for the unemployed youths.
“During the PDP-led government, a barrel of oil was sold at about $120. But in this APC-led government, the price of crude oil came down to about $40, $45 per barrel.
He said there was no need to beg those who decamped from APC to other parties, especially the PDP to rejoin the party, saying they are not the kind of progressives needed for the positive change Nigerians and the party have been earning for.
He added that the with the defections, the APC would not reorganize the party, to present a formidable front during the next general elections.
He said the ruling party has never shielded anybody accused of corruption on the basis that the individual is a member of the APC, citing former Governor of Abia State, Chief Orji Uzor Kalu, who is currently standing trial for alleged corrupt practices during his period as governor as an example of APC members undergoing prosecution by the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
He said those who are currently undergoing probe or prosecution were those who served the country at various capacities in the 16 years of the PDP administration, and wondered how the Buhari administration can probe those who have just been appointed or elected into various public offices.