By ANDREW ESSIEN, Abuja –
All Progressives Congress (APC) Chieftain and the party’s 2015 Senatorial candidate in Bayelsa state, Hon. Preye Aganaba, has said that his party has no alternative to the candidacy of President Muhammadu Buhari should he decide to contest in the 2019 general elections.
Aganaba also chided the Minister for Women Affairs, Aisha Alhassan, for expressing her loyalty to former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, in reports which was credited to her, adding that it was very unfair to the President which she is serving under.
Speaking with newsmen yesterday in Abuja, Aganaba urged President Muhammadu Buhari to bring on board capable hands within the party who are in sync with the ideals of change agenda in the case of an eventual cabinet reshuffle.
Aganaba said: “So, I don’t think for now that the APC has any other choice that to re-elect President Buhari, though people are free to contest, nobody is stopping them, this is APC where we usually have free and fair primaries. The last Presidential primaries in Lagos, President Buhari won more than half of the votes.
“During the last APC presidential primaries, the campaign slogan for Buhari was ’12 million assured votes’ and I don’t think one single vote has left that 12 million assured votes, in fact, more has even been added.
“I am not bothered about the economy because that will be fixed, for me I’m looking at the politics of various zones because that will determine how much we win the election. To win we will win, but by what margin? These are my issues and then if we can also do well at National Assembly elections.
“In government wise, I think we have done well. Yes, may be not where we suppose to be because we also did not know about what we met when we came in 2015 but we have done well. In few days ago we heard about the story of Nigeria exited recession, the prices of food stuff are coming down, in Abuja here where I live I get minimum of 20 hours of electricity and some days light doesn’t go off for five days and so on.
When reminded about the health condition of President Buhari, the APC chieftain said: “If President Buhari runs election today he is going to win. I don’t think the President is terminally ill, and like every other human being, people fall sick but the problem is because he is the President, is in government you begin to hear stories but he is back. I saw him yesterday he is looking very fresh, atleast he rested very well in Daura.
On the various crisis facing the ruling party at all levels, Aganaba assured that “they will be amicably resolve because whether you like it or not we are going into elections and we can not go into actions with a divided house. In 2013, I saw leaders of this party brought together a disfunctional system and we went into elections in 2015 and we won. So, I still believe in the ability of this party to do the same thing before 2019.”
On the various agitations coming from the Niger Delta, he advised the government and Nigerians to ignore them, saying “most of these calls are political from people seeking relevance from government and for me I think they should be ignored because when they want to destroy pipeline nobody makes call.”