Buhari will lose to our candidate in 2019, says SDP spokesperson

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Alpha Mohammed has described as insensitive President Muhammadu Buhari’s decision to run for reelection in the 2019 presidential election.

Mohammed was reacting to Buhari’s official declaration Monday of his intention to run in 2019.

He described it as unfortunate that the President refused to heed the advice of renowned stakeholders, such as former president Olusegun Obasanjo, who had earlier advised him not to re-contest.

Mohammed told FirstAfrica News in an exclusive interview that what was expected was that the President would respect the popular wish of Nigerians and vacate the office honorably at the end of his tenure, adding however, that by being obstinate, Buhari has made the job very easy for the SDP to win the forthcoming elections since the party Presidential candidate would be running against an ‘unpopular president’.

“We in the SDP are happy that the President has declared his intention. This is because we will be contending with an unpopular president. Our candidate will be contesting with an unpopular President who has been rejected by Nigerians.

“Eminent stakeholders who represent different parts of the country have advised him not to re-contest, people like former President Ibrahim Babangida, former President Olusegun Obansanjo whom you cannot dismiss their opinion.

“Even the youths have challenged him and yet he has refused to back down. So now that he has declared his intention to contest, that will make our job easy because we are going to send him packing.

“It is unfortunate that despite the advice, despite the economic condition in the country and hardship the present administration has brought on the country, Buhari still insists on continuing against the popular wish of Nigerians.”

Lamenting the high rate of unemployment and insecurity which according to him is at its worst, the party spokesman said: “Buhari’s insistence on continuing despite all these amounts to insensitivity to the plight of Nigerians and what we expect him to do is to respect the wish of Nigerian, pack his loads and go.”

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