The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says the counsel by Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress national Leader, that Olusegun Obasanjo, a former president of Nigeria, and Ibrahim Babangida, a former military dictator, should quit politics and join the retirees’ club, best suits President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party said Tinubu’s stance completely vindicated the positions of Obasanjo and Babangida, the PDP as well as majority of Nigerians, “who hold that President Buhari should not seek re-election in 2019, having failed in governance and nation building.”
The party added that President Buhari ought to step aside largely due to his alleged inability to connect with the social and economic realities and speed of the current generation.
The PDP, in a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, its national publicity secretary, on Wednesday, February 14, 2018, in Abuja, said Tinubu was proverbially passing a message to Buhari and his supporters on the fact that the President no longer enjoy mass acceptance among Nigerians ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Ologbondiyan said, “Every discerning Nigerian has discovered the fact that Asiwaju Tinubu is subtly passing a critical message to President Buhari and his supporters that he should not contest the 2019 election and that Nigerians have already moved on even without them.
“Even Asiwaju Tinubu knows that President Buhari, for obvious reasons, is the most qualified of all our elder statesmen to join the retiree’s club and save the nation the agony of more years of misrule characterised by untold economic hardship, heavy bloodletting and general indignation.
“The supporters of President Buhari should therefore accept the reality by reading the handwriting on the wall and heed wise counsel from well-meaning Nigerians.”
Even without the President resigning and joining the retiree’s club, Ologbondiyan added that the ruling party would soon be deserted by its members.