APC without Buhari may face dif­fi­culty in 2023 – ex-min­is­ter

The Punch - - NEWS - Bola Bamigbola, Osogbo

THe im­me­di­ate past Min­is­ter of Com­mu­ni­ca­tion, Ade­bayo Shittu, on Wednesday said the All Pro­gres­sives Congress might find it dif­fi­cult to get votes in the 2023 gen­eral elec­tions if the party failed to put its house in or­der.

The ex-min­is­ter spoke in Osogbo while fea­tur­ing on ‘The Front­lin­ers” a pro­gramme or­gan­ised by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Vet­eran Jour­nal­ists, Osun State branch.

Shittu, who de­scribed as id­i­otic the in­sin­u­a­tions that the Pres­i­dent, Ma­jor Gen­eral Muham­madu Buhari, (retd.), would be seek­ing third term in 2023, said in the last two pres­i­den­tial elec­tions, Buhari got over 15 mil­lion votes with 12 mil­lion of the votes com­ing from the North alone.

He said, “In the last two elec­tions, Buhari got over 15 mil­lion votes and that is be­cause he is on the ballot. From the North alone, he got over 12 mil­lion votes on each oc­ca­sion.

“If the APC is not care­ful and put its house in or­der, where will the vote come in

2023 if the mag­net of Buhari is no more on the ballot?

“Buhari is the most self­less leader Nige­ria ever had. This is one Pres­i­dent who when elected slashed his salary by 50 per cent

“As we also know, his life­style for the past 20 years has not changed. He is not flam­boy­ant. What he is look­ing for is good legacy.

“Obasanjo failed when he at­tempted it (third term); so you think a less am­bi­tious per­son would now be the one to do that? It will not hap­pen, so I think it is not a mat­ter we should fo­cus on. It is a waste of time,” Shittu said.

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