….says PDP cannot bounce back
By Lawani Mikairu
Former Abia State Governor, Dr Orji Uzor Kalu said Saturdaythat President Muhammadu Buhari does not want automatic ticket to re -contest for the 2019 Presidential Election, because he would want other interested candidates to explore the democratic process to test their popularity.
This is just as Kalu said the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would not bounce back because of the massive looting of the nation’s treasury during the last administration.
Speaking at a private wing of the Murtala Muhammed International Airport, Lagos, Kalu said President Buhari as a democrat would want every interested candidate to be given a chance to test their popularity and exercise their democratic right.
Acccording to Kalu: “ Buhari himself is not even looking for automatic ticket. Buhari is a man that is very fair and free to what he does. And his feeling is that if any candidate is willing to contest against him, he should come to the Eagle Square.
“ And some schools of thought are saying ‘no, if in the United State, Obama was given automatic ticket. President Bush in Republican Party was given automatic ticket. President Clinton was given automatic ticket. The First and Second Bush were given automatic ticket.
“ So President Buhari is also feeling that automatic ticket for him is not right. He said open the space for other people who also want to contest. He want the openness of the primary to take place.
He further said: “ The contest should be thrown open. There would be no rancour. We are in democracy and I would vote for the President. I’ve said it times without number, that President needs to consolidate on his achievements because most parts of President because the President is very popular. He is still the only person carrying 12 million votes in his back.” his tenure have been besieged by illness. So the President genuinely deserves second tenure.
“ We are not afraid of anybody who wants to contest against the President.
On PDP chances of bouncing back, he said the international community was outraged by the massive looting of the nation’s treasury by PDP, that it would amount to the greatest disservice to call for the return of PDP.
Kalu also said Buhari was under restraint not to expose the gargantuan corruption that took place at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPPC)
Kalu said : “ How can they bounce back when treasury was looted? How can they bounce back when the international community doesn’t see anything good in them? How can they bounce back when we gave them our treasury, they opened and looted it.
“We would call names if they want to us to call names in future. All the World Powers knew what happened and this is why they tactically insisted that PDP must leave power. PDP committed what was very shameful to have been seen in a democratic process. There is no system that is not with corruption but going to loot is an affront to Nigerian people.