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‘Buhari can’t be blackmailed out of power’

Increasing criticism and gang up will not force President Muhammadu Buhari out of the contest in the event he decides to go for a second…

Increasing criticism and gang up will not force President Muhammadu Buhari out of the contest in the event he decides to go for a second term, a member of the APC campaign team in 2015 said yesterday.

Malam Mohammed Lawal who served as Deputy Director, Coordination/Implementation of the APC Presidential Campaign Council in 2015, which worked for the emergence of President Buhari, said many people and groups were uncomfortable with President Buhari’s ‘pro-masses’ approach to governance, hence were deploying various tricks and sense of insecurity to undermine his popularity.

Speaking on phone at the weekend, Lawal, a board member of the NNPC, said:  “We are in politics; we would tackle any opposition, any group or gang up, be it a coalition or third force or whatever.” 

Mohammed said it would be difficult to oust a sitting president on the pages of newspapers and denied that key people in the APC were planning to leave for the opposition.

 “Now, who among the APC leaders enjoying the comfort of  government either as an appointee or elected official could afford to go and fish in a deep, dark, torturous and murky waters of political uncertainty? 

“But I wish them good luck. It is just that we are not bragging and shouting the way they (opposition) are doing but the time would soon come. We don’t want to distract the government for now; we want the government to concentrate on doing what it has been elected to do but very soon we would devote our attention one hundred per cent to politicking,” he said.

Lawal also accused ex-President Obasanjo of attempting to sabotage the administration of President Buhari.

 “What he is doing is not the way to express patriotism; Obasanjo is just fuelling tension and causing a lot of apprehension.

“He is still feeling Buhari era is like late Yar’adua era or Goodluck Jonathan era that he planted. We would not fold our hands this time around. We would fight back strongly. If the Federal Government is so careful in speaking out, we the supporters of President Buhari would not sit down and look,” he said.


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