The Presidency has cleared the doubt whether President Muhammadu Buhari will run for the second term come 2019 general election or not.
The presidency also vehemently dismissed comments that it would be a lonely walk for the President, a development expected to serve as a punishment for perceived bad governance.
The refutation was a sharp reply to a statement credited a former member of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Alhaji Buba Galadima, that the people of Nigeria would abandon Buhari should he choose to seek re-election.
In a strong worded statement Monday night, the Presidency, through the Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, Malam Garba Shehu, stated that the “suggestions that the masses will desert President Buhari in 2019 was unfounded and utterly ridiculous.”
Shehu asserted: “Ordinary Nigerians are the backbone of his mandate and the only reason he ran for the office is to protect them against the rapacious merchants of corruption, who have held Nigeria back for decades. Galadima’s calculation and prediction are utterly confused and misleading.”
According to the presidential spokesman, “the masses are solidly behind Buhari because he is not stealing their money and their future.
‘’President’s enormous goodwill remains ever strong because the people are convinced the President is acting in their best interest, despite the temporary unintended consequences of reforms.” He added.