Mr. Kennedy Raymond Eyube is a chieftain of All Progressives Congress, APC, in Okpe Local Government Area of Delta State. Eyube who is also a businessman and philanthropist, in this interview with journalists spoke on President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election bid and governorship election in Delta State in 2019. Excerpts:
By Babatunde Jimoh
On the chances of the President if he decides to contest for second term
With all sense of sincerity, President Muhammadu Buhari will do a second term and remember the constitution of Nigeria allows him to run for second term. That is to say, Buhari has a constitutional mandate to rule for eight years.
Even though President Buhari has not officially announced his intention to run again in 2019, but I can confidently tell you that whenever he does or decides to run for second term, majority of Nigerians, about 80 per cent of Nigerians, would be very happy to vote for Buhari and APC come February 2019.
On the endorsement of PMB by seven APC governors recently
Yes, the endorsement of President Buhari for second term by the seven APC governors is timely and in order.
To be honest with you, I want Buhari to run for second term, and it will shock you to know that in my personal capacity, I am already mobilising for his re-election in my federal constituency which include Okpe, Uvwie and Sapele local governments in Delta State.
President Buhari will contest and win because he has done very well. More so, let me commend the APC governors for endorsing him for a second term, the governors have done the right thing and they are very ready to work and ensure the president is re-elected in 2019.
On the alleged inability of the President to tackle unemployment, herdsmen issue
On the alleged herdsmen killings in the North, we should all know that a man killing a fellow man is a sin before God. The senseless killings must stop, people should always sit down and discuss issues, killings of innocent souls will not provide solutions. And anyone blaming President Buhari for the herdsmen and farmers clashes is mischievous.
On ability of APC to win in South-South and South-East
It’s a known fact that APC and President Buhari will win as usual both in the North, and Southwest zones, but this time a big win in the South and South-East zones.
The likes of Rotimi Amaechi, Timipre Sylva, Adams Oshiomhole, Umana Umana, Orji Uzor Kalu, Chris Ngige, Rochas Okorocha, Ogbonnaya Onu, Ortega Emerhor, Ibe Kachikwu just to mention a few, these are APC gladiators that would deliver significant votes, I mean 80 per cent votes from South-South and South-East zones for APC and Buhari in 2019.
Buhari’s integrity will earn him second term in 2019. His integrity is a major factor working for him and APC. Evidently, under Buhari, the world now respects Nigeria.
If APC can win in Delta State
That was the same question someone asked me before the 2015 presidential election, and I said it is the will of God that Buhari should defeat Jonathan and you saw how it eventually played out.
So, my answer to your question is that whoever emerges APC governorship candidate in Delta for 2019 election will win. How it will happen, I know exactly, but I cannot disclose it now, moreover, I want to commend the leader of APC in Delta State, Olorogun Ortega Emerhor, who is doing everything possible, repositioning the party for victory in 2019.