By Okey Muogbo
President Muhammadu Buhari’s ex-confidant, Engr Buba Galadima at the weekend said that as far as the 2019 Presidential election is concerned, it will be anybody-but Buhari (ABB).
Speaking at the inauguration of Enyimba Progressive Association (EPA), a political group of Igbo traders, professionals and youths/students, Galadima said that Buhari has failed Nigeria as he could not rise to the challenge of leadership.
He called on Nigerians to vote for Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 2018 presidential election.
Galadima, a chieftain of the Buhari’s (defunct) CPC, r-APC and CUPP said Nigerians should give Atiku a chance warning that if Atiku fails like Buhari, Nigerians should also vote him out.
Said he, “We must continue to change our leaders until we get the kind of leaders who will rule the country well.”
He reminded the audience that he was a confidant of Buhari but that they parted ways because Buhari failed as president of Nigeria.
In his remark, Dr Tafawa Balewa, the grandson of late first prime minister of Nigeria, Alhaji Abubakar Tafawa Balewa called on Nigerians to shun religious and ethnic sentiments in everything they do.
Earlier in his welcome address, the Director-General of EPA, Barr Ihechi Ike called on the Federal Government to de-proscribe the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra (IPOB) which according to him is not a terrorist organisation as claimed by the government.
He said the EPA was formed for the mobilisation of Igbo peoples to participate in politics and to prove that Igbos are capable of coming together and providing leadership with committed followership.
He called on “the Igbos from the south east zone and Igbos in Rivers, Kogi, Benue, Delta and Akwa Ibom States” to come together as “we have arrived at a wonderful discovery that we are all brothers from the same home.
“We also want to use this opportunity to call on the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR, to review his stand on the declaration of IPOB as a terrorist organisation.
“We believe that a father does not declare war on a child asking for his right. This is not a call based on sentiment alone but we have investigated both locally and internationally and have come to conclusion that they are not and have never indulged in any act that can be termed terrorism”, Ike insisted.
The FCT (federal capital territory) chapter of EPA was inaugurated at the occasion while the branch chapters in the remaining 36 state chapters would be set up before the end of this month.