Updated: February 25, 2021
President Muhammadu Buhari escalated his attacks against the opposition People’s Democratic Party on Wednesday, calling on Nigerians not to allow “those who brought the country to its knees from 1999 to 2015 to come and take us back”.
Former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan were in power between 1999 and 2015. But Mr Buhari said yesterday that things got a bit better under Yar’Adua but worsened again under Jonathan.
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“Let me today appeal to party members not to be complacent but to prepare, strategize and win in 2019 elections. We must not allow those who brought the country to its knees from 1999 to 2015 to come and take us back,” Buhari said while submitting his 2019 presidential nomination form, according to a statement sent to Today News Africa in Washington DC.
What’s going on? Nigerians go to the polls from February to elect a new president, a new national assembly and house of representatives as well as new state executives and lawmakers, and opposition has been uniting against Mr Buhari, a retired Major-General turned politician, with many fearing that he may not have it as easy as in 2015. Over the past months, Buhari has escalated his attacks against his opponents, saying that electing them would mean a return to endemic corruption in Africa’s most populous country.
“Fellow party members, I am taking this step with all humility, sense of responsibility and an unquestionable desire to serve and protect the interests of all Nigerians.
“I am here in person among friends and colleagues to put my name forward to my party, the All Progressives Congress, seeking nomination to contest the Presidential Elections next year, 2019.
“I am very grateful to those dozens of organizations who have joined together and contributed funds to purchase these forms. I assure them and the rest of Nigerians that, if nominated and if elected, I shall continue to serve you to the best of my ability.