Saraki Will Be Buhari’s Biggest Opponent –Okupe
Latest update as Doyin Okupe, a former Senior Special Assistant on Public Affairs to ex-president Goodluck Jonathan, has said that Senate President, Bukola Saraki, will be President Muhammadu Buhari’s main challenge, during the general elections next year.
Okupe stated this on Channels Television’s Politics Today, while speaking to the defections from the All Progressives Congress (APC) that took place both in the Senate and House of Representatives.
According to him, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will accept any individual or parties that want to join them.
“It’s regrettable now but I was one of those who felt if defectors wanted to go, they should go.”
“PDP has been humble; they will take any individual or parties ready to move.
“2019 for me is about Saraki and President Buhari. Saraki is becoming the most important politician outside the presidency,” Okupe said.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has said that he was not bothered about defection of the All Progressives Congress (APC) members to other opposition political parties because majority of Nigerians appreciate his government.
He stated this Sunday night in Lome, the capital city of Togo enthused that as a result of the efforts of his administration, many Nigerians will defend him and vote for his party in 2019 elections.
Expressing delight in seeing the Nigerians who had travelled from the five regions of Togo to welcome him in Lome, President Buhari said he was pleased to hear them commend the performance of his administration.
Buhari assured them that his administration had remained steadfast in keeping to its three campaign promises of providing security, improving the economy and fighting corruption.
He noted that if past governments had utilised even 25 per cent of the huge oil revenue available to them, Nigerians would not be complaining today, citing the $16 billion reportedly spent on electricity and yet Nigerians could not see the power.
But the presidency has warned those supporting President Muhammadu Buhari to stop campaigning for him and urged them to follow the political rules and regulations as enshrined in the Independent National Electoral Commissions, (INEC) act.
In a statement disclosed in Abuja by Femi Adesina, Special Adviser to Mr. President on Media and Publicity, Presidency urged its supporters to be patience and follow due process till the race commences officially.
“We appreciate their enthusiasm, borne out of desire to garner support for an administration that is actuated by nothing else, other than service for motherland, but we hereby appeal for patience, so that the game can be played according to the rules.”
“There will be ample time ahead to trumpet the good works of the Buhari administration, and solicit re-election, all for the good of our country and her people.”