Former key ally of Nigeria's Buhari joins opposition party

Former key ally of Nigeria's Buhari joins opposition party

Former key ally of Nigeria's Buhari joins opposition party

More so, considering that Buhari has the power of incumbency, which plays a vital role in Nigerian politics, as well as the fact that the APC has a strong hold in the South West, PDP would have to do a lot of work to regain its strength to give him a run for his money.

Mrs Onochie said this on Sunday in Abuja during her appearance on the weekend edition of Channels Television's political programme.

The Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, has said he could still contest the party's presidential ticket in spite of the defection of former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to the party.

Asked whether the former vice president would be the biggest nightmare for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Buhari's administration in the 2019 presidential election, she said, "absolutely not".

"While other parties have purged themselves of the arbitrariness and unconstitutionality that led to fractionalisation, the All Progressives Congress has adopted those same practices and even gone beyond them to institute a regime of a draconian clampdown on all forms of democracy within the party and the government it produced", Atiku had said.

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"It is clear that the APC has let the Nigerian people, especially our young people, down".

She, however, said the present administration was working hard to provide good governance for the people but Nigerians can not expect President Buhari to fix the problems of over a decade in two years.

On the other hand, Buhari has always been accused of holding extreme religious views, and the allegations seemed to get to a head in 2001, when he declared his commitment to the Islamic doctrine of Shari'a and, reportedly, called on Muslims to only vote for their fellow Muslims during elections.

I am speaking to you today on Facebook Live as I want to reach as many of our young people as possible as I have an important announcement to make about the future of Nigeria. I have thought of it. "The President also knows that the ban on politics has not been lifted; so, he is not going to come out to wallow in the mud of 'he said, she said", Onochie said. There, he vied again for the top job but lost the primaries to President Goodluck Jonathan who succeeded President Yar'Adua.

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