Critical Times News : PDP’s victory in 2019 is possible, Buhari has failed, says APC chief Na'abba

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PDP’s victory in 2019 is possible, Buhari has failed, says APC chief Na'abba


A former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Ghali Na’abba, has described the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari as the narrowest in Nigeria’s history.

Na’abba, a member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, told Punch that the country is not being well managed by Buhari.

Na’abba also said it is possible for either the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, or ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo’s Coalition of Nigerian Movement, CNM, to sack Buhari in 2019.

Asked to asses the performance of the APC-led government so far, he said, “I don’t think the country is being well -managed. You can’t have a President who claims he has monopoly of wisdom. That is what it is. This is the narrowest government in the history of this country.

“The base is too narrow for the country to have stability and the President has a choice to make the government as wide as possible so that all shades of opinions are represented in the government.

“He has that choice but he chooses to make it the narrowest government in the history of this country and it is the consequences of that decision that we are seeing today.

“Even though, they will deny it; they will tell you that they have restored security, they are fighting corruption and things like that and corruption is systemic, you can’t fight corruption alone.

“If you want to fight corruption in this country , you have to carry every institution along. This is like an exercise in self glorification; that is what we are seeing.

“The executive can only arrest, charge and prosecute people; the other functions belong to the judiciary.

“But the judiciary is not being carried along in this fight against corruption from the outset and I believe that all shades of opinions should be involved in the fight against corruption because corruption is systemic.

“And he (Buhari) shows that it is the government that is the victim of corruption. But all Nigerians are victims of corruption; people are resorting to self – help because they cannot have basic necessities of life, so this must be discussed.

“If you want to eliminate corruption in the Nigeria Police Force, for example, you cannot do that without solving the problem of welfare and accommodation of the police personnel and it is so for other forces and also the civil service.

“Every particular class of the society has one thing or another against the state so this must be discussed. But right now, what I see happening is punishing for corruption, which is of course desirable, but it should not be mixed up and it is not the same thing as fighting corruption.

“Fighting corruption is something totally different. The war against corruption is not being fought in a way that it can be successful.

Asked if other political parties stand a chance against the APC in the next elections, he added, “Anything is possible.”

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