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APC presidential aspirant: Tinubu, El-Rufai, Okorocha wish Buhari can step aside so they can take a shot at presidency

SKC Ogbonnia, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the ruling ALL Progressives Congress (APC) says top APC stalwarts including Bola Tinubu, Nasir El-Rufai and Rochas Okorocha, wish President Muhammadu Buhari did not declare to run for a second tenure so they could run instead.

Ogbonnia, a US-based entrepreneur, said Buhari is the chief cause of the crisis that is currently tearing the ruling party apart, adding that the President “has become a dictator without power”.

“The truth be told, Buhari is the main problem. Of course, most of the big wigs in APC are aware that the president is very weak and unpopular and thus do not want him to seek second term,” Ogbonnia said during an interview with Premium Times.

“Even some of these guys now grandstanding as PMB 2019 promoters, particularly the likes of El-Rufai, Rochas Okorocha, and Bola Tinubu, wish Buhari could step aside so they can take a shot at the presidency.

“The R-APC people, such as Bukola Saraki, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and Tambuwal also want to be president in 2019.”

SKC Ogbonnia, APC Presidential aspirant

Ogbonnia said Buhari cannot influence anything that happens in his administration, yet he wants to be voted for a second tenure.

“Muhammadu Buhari has become a dictator without power. True, the president is no longer in charge, no longer has the influence,” he said.

“Notice that he can’t even influence security agents, let alone the Nigerian people.  Yet PMB is attempting to dictate.

“It is instructive that the legislature (controlled by Saraki of all people, a renegade Senate president from the ruling party) can impeach the president today with minimal lobby. And Mr. Buhari is being pumped up to seek second term? Mbaaa, not when I am in the race!”

Ogbonnia maintains that the President has lost the goodwill of Nigerians so much so that “even if Muhammadu Buhari recruits Barack Obama as a spokesman, the message won’t stick. The damage is already done.”

He said he was confident of defeating Buhari in the APC primaries and emerging the party’s candidate in 2019.

“I will defeat President Buhari in a free and fair APC presidential primary. I was at the convention and mingled. The masses within APC do not like Buhari anymore, and I hope that their voices will be heard when the time comes.”

However, Ogbonnia said he would remain in APC whether or not he wins the presidential candidate, but warned that “nominating Buhari ahead of me (would be) worse than the annulment of June 12”.

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