Buhari a septuagenarian with ‘fossilised ideas’ — Ahmadu Ali

Ahmadu Ali

The Director General of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential Campaign Organisation, Ahmadu Ali, has described the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Muhammadu Buhari, “as a septuagenarian with fossilised ideas of how to run a government and social engineering.”

He spoke at the inauguration of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council, in Abuja on Tuesday.

Mr. Ali, a former national chairman of the PDP, spoke about two weeks after the incumbent National Secretary of the party, Wale Oladipo, described Mr. Buhari as “semi-illiterate jackboot.”

At the launch of a book on President Goodluck Jonathan’s achievement in Abuja last month, the former PDP national chairman had also likened the APC presidential candidate to “an old plane that has been parked for long” whose functionality cannot be guaranteed.

Mr. Ali, who will turn 79 on March 1, is a retired army colonel, though trained as a physician.

Mr. Buhari was 72 last December 17. As a Major General, he ruled Nigeria between 1983 and 1985.

At Tuesday’s event, the former PDP chairman argued that at a time nations were shopping for younger elements to rule them, the APC was ironically throwing up a septuagenarian as its presidential flag bearer.

“In this 21st century where great nations of this world are fielding young men and women in their forties and fifties as presidents and prime ministers, it is ironic that Nigeria’s APC is fielding a septuagenarian with fossilised ideas of how to run a government and social engineering. Nigeria deserves a better leadership than their candidate who has no certificates to tender as requirement for entering an election,” Mr. Ali said.

Stating that the PDP was the defending champion in the impending presidential contest, the presidential campaign director said the party would do so with the belt tightly around its waist.

He stated that the party was proud of Mr. Jonathan because he was a dynamic and vibrant and ready to move the nation forward and therefore proud of him.

He said the party would not be as desperate as the opposition, “which is already in a fix on how to face President Jonathan’s enviable records in good governance.”

He said the ruling party could not be intimidated by the opposition, since Nigeria would transform from “Goodluck and Goodluck” while it (opposition) would hold on to “bad luck.”

Dismissing the APC, Mr. Ali, a former senator and federal commissioner for education, described the opposition as a creation of the social media.

He said the opposition was only vibrant on social media platform but absent on the ground, vowing that it would be defeated at the February 14 poll.

The presidential campaign director noted that going by the available statistics, the PDP does not only remain the preferred party to Nigerians, Mr. Jonathan remained the preferred candidate.

In his speech, the Chairman of PDP Governors’ Forum and governor of Akwa Ibom State, Godswill Akpabio, said Mr. Buhari caged people’s freedom while in government as head of state.

“We cannot accept a man who will jail you for more than the years God has given you on earth. No amount of propaganda will draw us back. They cannot benefit from their own action, they said they will make the country ungovernable, we cannot handover the country to such people,” Mr. Akpabio, said.

“What we need is freedom and this is what Jonathan has given. The election is about light and darkness.”

He said the “APC has no credentials of democratic tenet.”

The Chairman of PDP Board of Trustees, Anthony Anenih, who is the National Adviser Presidential Campaign, said the opposition had no experience in government and that it would count in PDP’s favour.

He said the path the ruling PDP was about to take was a familiar one and that like in 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2011, the party would emerge victorious during the February elections.


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  • Pathfinder

    These people are really confused. They are feeling the heat……GMB all the way.

  • Bhym Davor Jahzreel

    Akpabio you can say that again..
    But you people misuse the freedom much much by looting all Nigeria Money and the Money kept in Reserve by the past government. Na wa O! Una go answer query from Almighty God ooo..Dazzol

    • prettyriversgirl

      they also use the armed forces and … to intimidat, arrest and stop planes from landing.

    • MBukar

      and use the police to intimidate opposition and defectors

  • joe

    the truth was that APC is more of social media campaign. Agbaje for instance is more on ground and more popular in lagos than ambode, but on social media, ambode is more pronounced and that was why LASAA started destroying PDP posters.

  • KAL

    This Ahmadu Alli of Ali Must Go fame is surely loosing it. A 79 year old who should be home with his grandchildren and enjoying the twilight of his life waiting on God now lambasting a 72 year who want to genuinely serve, Nigerians won’t stop amazing me o. May 29th 2015 will show where we all belong. Ahmadu Alli is more fossilised than Buhari. He should shut up and go home to rest.

  • Mannir Ibrahim

    we know ahmadu ali IS A PROPHET OF DOOM ALL HIS RECORDS ARE NOTHING TO WRITE HOME ABOUT THE IDAH MAN CAN NOT WIN IN IDAH TOWN WHERE IS ACHAMA? HIS BROTHER ALI MUST GO

  • Spoken word

    Nigeria is a country of comedians. Ahmadu Ali is older than Buhari and he is making fun of his age. wonders shall never end.

  • Friday

    Oh Ahmadu Ali only if you could understand the irony of what you are saying. too funny

  • Ismail Musa Rilwan

    Shame no dey catch youuuu…..A’ah..d tin be sey,new broom go fit sweet but na old broom knows ol d cranies nd corner inside d house.Upon dat u wey b sey na 79 u go be na him u dey tell person wey dey for 72 old person,den it means u suppose b inside ur grave…Doc,Col.,Sen…u greedy much oo

  • Dr. Kay

    See me see trouble oh , a pot calling kettle black,79years old caling a 72yearold idea fossil, chai dia ris God oh anyways #GEJ declare your assets!!!

  • Friday

    It’s not funny because he called Buhari old, why it is funny because he is Jonathan’s Campaign Director General (an important position) and he is 79 years old. lmao
    this is probably the most ironic statement from PDP so far

  • Mr. Abdin

    A DG who is as old as the father of the aspirant,chai chai there is God ooooooooooooooooooooo. Haba Ahmadu Ali it seems you are confused how can you call Buhari some one with a fossile ideas and a team with no experience when you have the likes of Atiku Abubakar, Tinubu, Fashola etc God heal you baba.

  • Olawole Majekonmi

    Ahmadu Ali’s son is involved in oil subsidy scam, that’s why he does not want Buhari to be next President. He feels his son might go to jail if Jo-Nothing is sent packing. My advice to Ali is should keep whatever he can steal from the 21bn he’s in charge and add to money his son might be asked to return. Useless man claiming to be Igala. Igalas have since told him to trace his root and stop giving them bad name.

  • favourtalk

    See this old man who had no focus talking with all the backwardness they have brought to the country, we need change and what has he achieved with his old age ? More than just lying and fooling nigerians all the time. Their plot won’t work again. Change is everywhere

  • bluesky

    The freedom to steal Nigeria dry and run a strip club in government house?

  • Bayo Ola

    Wonder shall never end in Naija. On the one hand, Mr. Ali, who will turn 79 on March 1, calls Mr. Buhari , a 72 years old man, a septuagenarian with ‘fossilised ideas. On the other hand, PDP scribe, Wale Oladipo, described Mr. Buhari as “semi-illiterate jackboot.” Well, Jonathan your Phd guy cannot even speak correct English or express a coherent thoughts. Imagine a kettle calling pot black!! Wonder Wonder Wonder. Chai dia ris god oo

    • SBassey

      When has speaking good English becomes the yard stick for measuring performance?

      • emmy

        SBassey is a monkey. So self – centred interest is now a yardstick for measuring performance?

        • SBassey

          Idiots like you should not be in this forum. You don’t have anything reasonable to offer except to curse. Animal.

      • Tonnero

        If you claim you have a PhD from a Nigerian university, was it in Ijaw that he wrote his dissertation? Are you aware that writing a PhD thesis is a major piece of work which not only tests your English but insists you must write in acceptable codes. While English is not required for measuring performance, being unable to communicate properly in English when you have a PhD tells us what kind of brain you have.

        • SBassey

          Writing in English and speaking are two different thing. A lot of very intelligent people cannot speak well because it is not our language. The Chinese that invest in Nigeria cannot speak very good English but you will agree that they are smart people. Don’t judge GEJ by the way he speaks English go and look for his PhD thesis and read it and you will see that he writes better than he speaks.

          • Anonymous

            How GEJ rules the country is an eloquent testimony of the quality of his thesis.

    • Emmy Cl

      The article above is just a simple truth that why you guys are running around defending Buhari. Buhari is expected to be on the background like Ahmed Ali not the other way round!

  • Kazeem

    Yeeeepa. Ahmadu Ali. Do you still remember ALI MUST GO? When u were young what did you do for Nigeria as federal Commisioner for EDucation. If not baba iyabo dat bailed you out. U remember you were chased out by students. ALI you have no impressive past and hence this your statement . We know GEJ still need to paddle you a little bit cause yr son is involved in subsidy scam. Y not close your mouth and rest your head somewia. ONIRANU AGBALAGBA, ALAI LOJUTI,

  • sammyctu ode

    Ahmadu Ali ,don’t you think at 79 yeas old, you should pray to God to finally forgive you all your sins, injustices and atrocticities you have committed against the Nigerian state, the youths of this country and the women of Nigeria? Your bastad children should be in kirikiri forever because they robbed Nigerian blind from the subsidy scam which is one of the reasons you are so blind still following a sinking ship of jonathan and pdp but after May 2015,their evil sins and that of yours will be revisited and all of you will be hauled into jail. For a man as old as you are and you cannot repent all your evil ways means that you can never change your satanic ways and you and your household and generations will continue to burn in hell forever.

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  • victor amadi

    what a crock you look like bode George, and if you know you have some looted funds with you try and declare it else you run, becos we will show any remorse on those who stole the future of the nigerian children.

  • Ukpaka

    The irony of his statement on Buhari is this: Why at 79yrs…Ali is being called to lead a presidential election committee? But he does not think at 72 Buhari can contest a presidential ticket. Kettle calling another black.

  • Funso Ogunsanya

    Sir, is this issue based? Just asking.

    • tundemash

      Ethnic, Religious and certificate sentiments have failed, now it is age for these cl0wns ! They can keep jabbing the air, the CHANGE train is moving on

  • tundemash

    He said the “APC has no credentials of democratic tenet.”

    APC’s Presidential primary was done most transparently, let short man devil Akpabio define democractic tenets for us in light of Chariman Muazu’s assertion at same venue that PDP is full of injustice

    “In this 21st century where great nations of this world are fielding young men and women in their forties and fifties as presidents and prime ministers, it is ironic that Nigeria’s APC is fielding a septuagenarian with fossilised ideas of how to run a government and social engineering.”.

    Fossil Ali is reading from the book of LAMENTATIONS and guess what? WE DON’T GIVE A DAMN! On FeBuhari, we stand ! Ethnic, Religious and certfificate sentiments have failed, now it is age !

    • Okey

      At $7000 per delegate (according APC friendly newspaper), most transparent?

      • tundemash

        Keep jabbing the air. WE DON’T GIVE A DAMN . We are solely focussed on getting the CHANGE train moving.

        • Okey

          Many thanks for the admissions

          • tundemash

            yeah just as Dumbo admitted he’s got no asset declarations too ! Many thanks.

  • Rommel

    Ahmadu Ali’s own ideas have become what? at least,we can still dig up evidence of the ideas from Buhari hence his popularity still,what about this man Ali,what do we remember him for?

  • karl marx

    No matter what PDP will say, Nigerians will exercise their right to decide who lead them. PDP’s ideas have not worked for us, it has only work for their selfish interest, and change is imminent!!!!! Who cares? if old ideas can still serve the people better, then its OK!!! That guy with a nominal PhD is a nincompoop! END OF THE ROAD!!!!! GMB, OSINBAJO, we are please begging you our votes to carry on from may 29th,2015

  • SAM .A

    A 79 year old man(col Ali ) calling a 72 year old man( Gen Buahari) a man with fossilized idea, he also described his candidate President Jonathan as vibrant and dynamic in protecting corruption especially billions stolen by his son and Bamanga Tukur’s son from OYEL subsidy, and from presiding over worst insecurity since 1960.Jonathans enviable good record of performance include loosing part of Nigerians territorial integrity, MORE THAN 17 LGA in Borno to internal colonizer , first President/Headof State to have performed such a miracle since 1960. This was the Notorious Ali Must Go fame of 70s.
    As for AKPABIO , you have nothing to fear about your jail term, you know is certain,you have stolen all you can, you will now be deprived the time to spend it , you will be given 50 years in a fotified Sanbisa forest jail after Boko HARAM IS FLUSHED OUT, or in crocordile invested ISLAND JAIL IN THE CREEK which will be customized for u and your likes.
    THE CHANGE IS COMING in FEBUHARI. Sai BUHARI, Sai Osinbajo. The Liberators.

  • Tonnero

    “Social engineering”. Those words and PDP or GEJ do not fit in the same sentence. In any case, how much of new age thinking do you need to build power plants, construct a road, make sure a refinery is working and fight corruption? These are relatively simple things that the PDP with all its new ideas have failed to make a dent in for 16 years and three administrations, the current one bing the worst by far and actually supervising the erosion of the gains made by the first two.

    Ahmadu Alli and his co-travellers fail to understand that it is not the leader who does these things. The leader defines the vision and sets the agenda, builds teams that can deliver, motivates them to do so, tracks results along the way and rewards good performance while punishing the bad. The leader sets the rules of engagement by his comportment and mien and works for the best interest of the country. The ESSENCE of leadership has not changed since recorded history – it is about mobilising men and materials to achieve set goals. We all know that if you manage to get to the exalted position of General of the Army (and I am not referring to GEJ’s Army), very few people can match you on leadership training and practice.

    • Usman H Dukku

      “The leader defines the vision and sets the agenda, builds teams that can deliver, motivates them to do so, tracks results along the way and rewards good performance while punishing the bad.” Words of wisdom! Tonnero, kindly permit me circulate these words.

  • LAWAL ADEPEJU

    AHMADU ALI WE PREFER THOSE OLD IDEAS OF GEN BUHARI OF HONESTY AND INTEGRITY THAN PDP’S NEW IDEAS OF .CORRUPTION WHICH YOU TERMED AS MARE STEALING. PDP IS UNSALABLE TO NGERIANS.

  • anonymous

    I will prefer a benevolent fossilized idea of GMB to a putrid contemporary idea of GEJ. The old fossilsed idea of anti corruption is more beneficialoto the bation than the corruption for all that is currently characteristic of our government.