Buhari should heed Tinubu’s advice and retire — PDP

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PDP chairman, Uche Secondus. [Photo credit: Concise News]

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has asked the President, Muhammadu Buhari to heed the advice of the leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, that Nigeria’s ex-presidents should quit politics and join the ‘retirees’ club’.

The party in a statement by its national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on its official Twitter handle on Wednesday said the former Lagos State governor Bola Tinubu has ”weighed Buhari and found him not fit to remain in office beyond 2019.”

The APC leader, reacting to statements by two former leaders, Olusegun Obasanjo and Ibrahim Babangida, who recently advised President Buhari not to seek re-election in 2019, said they should join what he called the retirees’ club and collect pensions.

Mr. Tinubu said this on Tuesday while addressing State House correspondents after he and a former interim chairman of the party, Bisi Akande, met with the president at the Presidential Villa, in Abuja.

The PDP’s statement reads in part:

“Every discerning Nigerian has discovered the fact that Tinubu is subtly passing a critical message to President Buhari and his supporters that he should not contest the 2019 election and that Nigerians have already moved on even without them.

“Even Tinubu knows that President Buhari, for obvious reasons, is the most qualified of all our elder statesmen to join the retiree’s club and save the nation the agony of more years of misrule characterised by untold economic hardship, heavy bloodletting and general indignation.

“The supporters of President Buhari should therefore accept the reality by reading the handwriting on the wall and heed wise counsel from well-meaning Nigerians.

“In any case, the APC is already on a death throe, having led the worst government in the history of our nation and will end up as the first party in government at the centre that will be rejected by Nigerians at a second attempt.”


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  • Once a dictator, always a dictator. It would be miracle if this inept President voluntarily resigns. If Nigerians think that Buhari would do a “Jonathan” and peacefully hand over to an eventual winner in 2019, then they are living in a different planet. It appears we have forgotten that Buhari’s claim to prominence was through his expertise in coup de tat, which he successfully applied in subverting the Constitution in 1983 with the overthrow of Shagari’s government. He and his fellow military bandits then told Nigerians that their reasons was because there was no good roads, no electricity, no drinking water, no clinics, no drugs, no law and order etc,, etc. More than 35 years on, what has changed. When he had a minor ear-ache recently, he flew to a London Hospital and spent 109 days recuperating. Does that show an ageing President who is in a hurry to leave office? We are looking at another Robert Mugabe.

    • KELLOGGS

      Very important input. I agree 100%.

    • Rommel

      Goodluck Jonathan lost election and had no choice unless he and his cronies wished to either join nitrogen cycle or become neigbours to Lauren Gbagbo in Hague prisons, no Nigerian president or governor has lost an election and refused to quit, mention the person before heaping praises on a failed president

      • Charles

        Jonathan is the first incumbent that has lost an election and immediately congratulated the winner without going to court, when cometh another, i wait to see.

        • Pat

          Going to court when it is necessary is part of the beauty of democracy. Not going to court when you should could be a deservice to the country.

  • Rommel

    Is this the message of the PDP in the 2019 elections? hahahahahahah clueless people, they should rather be happy to face him since they believe he is old and incompetent, I expect the PDP to present a clean person who will retire him and not to join dead horses in asking him not to contest. 2019 is already in the pockets of APC and Nigeria will be the winner, I hear forex reserves is not above $42 Billion, Did the PDP achieve this even under the highest oil production and price in history?

    Now they want to come and steal again, no wayyyyyy!

  • Al

    Buhari is a child of necessity or product of PDP 16 years of bad governance. If things are in order definitely buhari will not have any interest for rescue. Anyhow so far so good buhari has done remarkably very very well in just years more the 16years of pDP reigns

  • thusspokez

    The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has asked the President, Muhammadu Buhari to heed the advice of the leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Tinubu, that Nigeria’s ex-presidents should quit politics and join the ‘retirees’ club’

    This call by the PDP members would imply that they are afraid that Buhari might beat them again in the next election. Otherwise why would an opposition party call for a poor performing president to step down instead of encouraging him to stay, which will make it easier for their stronger presidential candidate to beat — Buhari, being an incompetent and unpopular president. The PDP should be careful what it ask for?

    • Powerlessconscious

      PDP knew there is non of their candidate that can beat buhari. Pmb has performed a lot and they are afraid of his progress. God bless baba. Our economy is growing.

      • thusspokez

        Our economy is growing

        Nigeria’s Economic Growth
        2.7% (2015)
        -1.5% (2016 — worst recession since 1991)
        0.7 %(2017)
        1.8 – 2% (forecast for 2018)

        • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

          What is the unemployment figure if your economy which has no reliable figures is “growing” ?

          • thusspokez

            What is the unemployment figure

            Do your own investigation. The data is plentiful on the Internet.

        • Pat

          This is the type of discussion we should be having. People can do their own research to support or debunk the claim.

      • Otile

        Yes, corrupt PDP chieftains know that Imam Buhari is unbeatable. They have seen that no other ruler in recent memory can kill his conscience and do what he is doing without revolt. They know that Nigeria is not like SA or Zim where reasonable people can ask their incompetent leader to vamose and he obeys. They know that if they push hard Imam will unleash herdsmen to behead them. Which politician wants to die for Nigeria?

      • Otile

        Yes, corrupt PDP chieftains know that Imam Buhari is unbeatable. They have seen that no other ruler in recent memory can kill his conscience and do what he is doing without revolt. They know that Nigeria is not like SA or Zim where reasonable people can ask their incompetent leader to vamose and he obeys. They know that if they push hard Imam will unleash herdsmen to behead them. Which politician wants to die for Nigeria?

    • Otile

      You Buhari worshippers are irredeemable. The corrupt PDP chieftains understand that most APC voters like you are senseless. You all will vote for your imam again and again even if he produces a NEPA bill as his GCE certificate. How can you defeat such man in the face of hoarde mentality?

      • Pat

        You’re worst than who you are calling names. Your antecedents are known.

        • Otile

          I am a good man. Show me what I did wrong.

          • Pat

            Remember you were senseless dying for Jonathan to continue ruling Nigerians when it was glaring that he had know clue of what to do.

  • Anasieze Donatus

    WHAT KIND OF PEOPLE ARE INHABITING IN THIS PARTY CALLED PDP,EARLY THEY PRAYED THAT APC SHOULD FIELD PMB SO THAT THEIR RIDE TO VICTORY WILL BE MADE EASIER ,SAME PARTY TODAY IS BEGGING PMB NOT TO CONTEST BY HEEDING TINUBU ADVISE. THERE IS REALLY SOMETHING IN PMB THAT MAKES HIM PHENOMENAL

  • Powerlessconscious

    Poor politics by PDP. Why are afraid? Bring out your candidate and let see. God bless pmb.

    • Jon

      Your PMB is a nepotistic, radical, Islamic Jihadist that is not supposed to be near the corridors of power. Also, his past pronouncements and outbursts are cases in point where a man with that type of past records should not be President of a multi- ethnic and multi-religious society like Nigeria.

      • Pat

        We don’t need your religion and ethnics based propaganda to solve Nigeria problem. Try to base your argument on things better than religion and ethnicity, may be you will make sense.

        • BAOkuo

          You have been given more than adequate many critical reasons, against good of all Nigerians for PMB’s woeful failure, but you still cannot see reasons. Is it about PMB being your brother, best friend, lover or doing what is right or just? By now, he should’ve resigned like President Zuma, but because this is Nigeria, like an animal kingdom. Kindly be fair to all. May God deliver Nigeria from wicked wolves.

          • Pat

            I haven’t say I want PMB or I don’t want PMB. I’m just of opinion that for Nigeria to change, we as a people have to change from focusing on anti progress elements such as religion and tribe/ethnicity to focusing on principles, ideologies, good values, to mention but a few that we need to see in those we want to lead the country. No matter how wonderful one opinion is, if it is presented from religion and ethnicity point of view, such opinion has become worthless. We will be able to have good deliberation that will help the country without those sentiments. Though, the politicians always want Nigerians debates and discussions centered on those sentiments because that hides their incompetency, we need to change the course of our discussions for the benefits of the country as a whole.

      • Ade Omowest

        Who is your choice to replace Buhari? Simple question, you can not answer and you will tell us you passed WAEC.

  • Jon

    I can’t believe that there are still some enlightened Nigerians still in support of Buhari for a second term. There is something wrong with black people. Black people needs be studied so as to ascertain their genetic make up.

    • Pat

      Tell me who you are supporting, if you have one. I’m suspecting you’re even confused of what you’re looking for in who becomes the president.

      • jon

        I do know that I’m not looking for a nepotistic, radical, Islamic Jihadist. I do know also, that, I’m not looking for man, as head of State, voted against a Nigerian vying for the post of Secretary General of OAU (now AU) and voted for another fellow radical, Islamic Jihadist from Niger Republic.

        This man, Buhari, is a bad product and not good for Nigeria.

        • Pat

          You still appear confused of who may make a positive change in the development of Nigeria. Those sentiments are nothing compared to what Nigeria needs for better future. Sorry!

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    Although Buhari is intellectually handicapped, primitively clannish, coldly insensitive and wicked, divisive, nepotic , grossly incompetent, physically unhealthy, etc, he is still constitutionally backed to contest so the best thing is for the Nigerian people to save themselves four more years of trauma, blood-bath and backwardness caused by a Buhari’s single minded Fulani agenda…….DEFEAT THE TYRANT AT THE POLLS .

    • Pat

      Nigeria’s problem will only be solved outside ethnics coloration.

      • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

        That is exactly why Buhari who is the most ethnically biased president has to first be voted out.

        • Pat

          You’re guilty of what you are accusing Buhari of. For your argument to influence meaningful debate you have to make analysis of how those Buhari put in his cabinet could not perform not by just shouting he put his family members or tribal people in cabinet. We need mental reorientation in this country for real! The mentality of my own people have to be given opportunity to take their share in national cake is anti progress and cannot cause meaningful development in the country.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            There was and is still a reason why the Federal Character Princople was enshrined in the constitution.

          • Pat

            Has Federal Character Principle solved Nigeria problem? When Obasanjo was President, some people were shouting he was carrying out Yoruba agenda, Jonathan came in another part of the country started shouting their own marginalization, Buhari now, the shout has shifted. Will Federal Character Principle ever be a solution to Nigeria problem. What will solve Nigeria problem is good leadership with sincerity of followers to be able to take leadership accountable regardless of where they come from and which religion they are practicing. That’s why I wouldn’t support any argument that is based on ethnic and religion sentiments. For example, I never know who you are and where you comes from but I’m dealing with you based on the stuff in you that you’re demonstrating. That is how will should begin to see public service and who should be put in leadership position in Nigeria.

          • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

            I am Igbo and wouuld in all honesty accept that any society where merit reigns supreme is a very progressive one or at least more progressive that a society where entitlement reigns supreme. My culture in Igboland is fiecely guided by a philosophy of meritocracy.

            However the unique character of the rugged mosaic of tribes , cultures and religions which was forcefully amalgamated in 1914 which later metamophosed into a country called Nigeria called for a unique constitution after the dysfunction of its first decade in existence which included a civil war.

            Our unity is fake,it is forced so in order to accommodate this inorganic nature, the federal character principle was enshrined in the constitution
            It is still not working because leaders like Buhari have proved that a President may decide to be president for his people alone exactly what the federal character principle was suppossed to prevent.

            The last option now is to restructure Nigeria politically and make the centre less attractive and less powerful. I CANNOT STAND CHEATING AND MY PEOPLE HAVE BEEN EXCLUDED. WE WILL KEEP FIGHTING FOR EQUITY AND SELF DETERMINATION UNLESS A FAIR SYSTEM IS INSTALLED. WHERE WE STOP OUR CHILDREN WILL CONTINUE BUT WE CANNOT STOP.

          • KELLOGGS

            This distribution of the leadership of security agencies is why I had prognosticated that Sanusi lamido Sanusi was the brain behind Buhari’s administration; you see, SLS operated in SW, Lagos to be exact, as a spy for the northern oligarchy; while there, he studied the Yoruba very well; he wrote so many articles about his findings, when he got impatient, during the Obasanjo years, he thought the Fulani could never rise to the top again; so he started using his clandestine findings to berate and insult the Yorubas, thereby exposing his hands. In some of those articles, he wrote something that I found to be interesting; he reasoned that the Yoruba will take anything given to them by the Fulani as far as it’s one more than the Igbos. Here it is, 2015, Buhari ascended to the Presidency, and tested out his little hypothesis, which was to completely eliminate the Igbos from security and cabinet posts, but give the Yorubas one or so, and sure enough, the Yoruba liked it. In any other civil society, the Yoruba would have insisted for more, equity, and demanded that Federal Character be obeyed, and that Igbos should get some posts. They did not, because the Yoruba, amazingly, thought that Jonathan favored the Igbos!

            That’s pathetic!

    • davids

      These seem like symptoms of your own affliction.

  • Pat

    Alternative can never be from unrepentant PDP!

  • davids

    PDP has been sentenced to 32 years probation before it is allowed to contest for presidency in Nigeria

  • Saheed Adekunle Salami

    Sentiments apart, the issuance of this statement by PDP is to say the least – PDP HAS ADMITTED IT WOULD LOSE IN 2019 ONCE APC PRESENTS BUHARI.If not, PDP should be more than happy to fight it out with a Buhari who they judge to have performed poorly.But more objectively without be partisan,I humbly think once Buhari contests,he would most probably emerge the winner for some reasons : (1) his integrity is still untainted going by consideration of majority as even his arch enemies can not accuse him of self gratification even as a President (2) PDP has no such access to FG purse and national institutions such as those deployed in 2015,For instance,consider the massive gratification given to INEC officers in 2015( Read N23bn Diezani bribe: 100 INEC staff face suspension,Published January 4, 2017 ) (3) Prsident would always, at least for now,emerge from strong parties so OBJ’s CN cannot fly especially less than a year to the general election.

  • Mizch

    Granted PDP was all that bad, why did the members run to APC to hide their loots?