Race for 2019: Obasanjo intensifies efforts to oust Buhari

Sequel to meetings he has had with many stakeholders at Protea Hotel, Lagos, former president Olusegun Obasanjo is stepping up his game of ousting the current president Mohammadu Buhari in 2019. He is currently scheduled to meet the Yoruba elder statesman, Olu Falae, who he once contested against for the presidency. In recent times, Falae has been a victim of kidnap by Fulani herdsmen, who has been unrelenting in his attack on his farm. Once, they were alleged to have burnt his farm.

Obasanjo has met with the former Kano state governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, former Osun state governor, Olagunsoye Oyinola and former Rivers state governor, Donald Duke, fueling speculations that the joint ticket of Kwankwaso and Duke may be in the wings. Last week, reports indicated that one of the four musketeers, Ibrahim Babangida, officially endorsed the new political movement generally called the third force. This is the Obasanjo movement hat is expected t transform itself into a new political party. Besides, he has been having talks with a coalition of thirty political parties.

In recent times there has been a groundswell of opposition towards the re-election of Buhari,who recently declared his intention to contest amid heightened attacks from Boko haram and Fulani herdsmen and rejection by Northern elites. Recently, the Arewa consultative forum, led by Professor Ango Abdullahi, gave indications that they may not back his re-election bid. despite the red card from prominent Northerners- Abdulsalami Abubakar, T.Y. Danjuma, Mathew Kukkah and other, he still declared his interest to run-and promptly ran to London. In London, he was met by U.K based Nigerian demonstrators asking him not to run.

The opposition to his candidacy has been hinged to his inability to fulfill even a small part of his party’s campaign promises, and his making blame game the center of his administrative policy.

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