Now that PMB has de­clared in­ten­tion to run in 2019

Sunday Trust - - VIEW POINT - Sabo A. Shehu wrote from Kaduna and can be reached at: 070 3910 7332.

Sir, your first term in of­fice has been char­ac­ter­ized my many mis­takes and vic­to­ries. To me, your mis­takes in­clude weak­ness and in­sen­si­tiv­ity to the yearn­ings of those who voted for you. I and mil­lions of Nige­ri­ans who voted you into power ex­pected you to be tough. The first mis­take you made was when you de­clared that ‘you would work with any­body’. That sin­gle mis­take al­lowed what hap­pened in the Sen­ate, where for­mer PDP mem­bers seized its lead­er­ship. Se­condly, you rightly or wrongly re­fused to strengthen your party lead­er­ship. Strong party lead­er­ship would have checked the ex­cesses of mem­bers. Thirdly, many APC mem­bers in­vested heav­ily to see to your vic­tory, but they were not com­pen­sated. It is nor­mal for peo­ple to face hard­ship when the easy money which they used to get dur­ing the PDP ad­min­is­tra­tion stopped com­ing, but you could have lis­tened to the cries of the masses and tried to cush­ion their suf­fer­ing. There are many ways to cush­ion the hard­ship; some­thing which will im­me­di­ately af­fect the ev­ery­day life of a com­mon man, like cut­ting down the prices of petrol and power.

Your vic­to­ries are many. If we take se­cu­rity alone, you must have scored 90 per­cent. Rice farm­ing, 80 per­cent and in­fras­truc­ture, 80 per­cent.

I fore­see a vic­tory for you in 2019. But I want you to be a leader who uses car­rot and stick. A pres­i­dent who will cap­i­tal­ize on the im­mense sup­port of the masses. With the peo­ple be­hind you, you can do any­thing they ex­pect you to do. I wish you luck.

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