President Buhari’s media aide, Femi Adesina, in an interview over the weekend, disclosed why President Buhari is yet to declare his intention to run in the 2019 Presidential election.
Femi Adesina who responded to a question of when Buhari would declare his intention for the 2019 general elections, said he (Buhari) is keeping everything in his chest so that opposition would not throw everything at him to dissuade him from running, and will declare his intention to seek reelection at a time opposition could do less damage.
“You know the peculiarity of Nigeria, particularly now. If the president speaks too early, it’s a problem. .
There is a lot of sabotage in the country. You have also heard so many have said ‘don’t run.’ Because they know that if the president runs, other people should just run away because they don’t have the foggiest chance in hell to beat him. .
So, they want to discourage him from running. Now, if he tells you ‘I’m going to run,’ and elections are still one year away, it gives them one year to sabotage the entire country from all fronts – politically, socially, economically – they would throw everything at him just to dissuade him from running. .
So, when you know that, why then do you speak early? I think it makes a lot of sense for you then to keep things close to your chest till it is time for you to then say, ‘ok, I’m running’ by which time they can do less damage.”
Recall that the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Boss Mustapha, who assumed office following the dismissal of his predecessor who was enmeshed in a grass cutting scandal, at a rally organised by the Democratic Youth Congress (DYC) to call on President Buhari to run for a second term, disclosed that President Buhari will contest in the 2019 Presidential election because there’s no better alternative.