A media consultant, Malam Mohammed Garba, on Thursday, challenged former President Olusegun Obasanjo to a televised debate over demand for President Muhammadu Buhari not to contest the 2019 presidential election.
Garba, the Chief Executive Officer of Right Contact Services Nigerian Ltd., said in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Kaduna, that the demand contained in a letter to the president by Obasanjo negates all democratic tenets.
According to him, no Nigerian, no matter how highly placed, has the constitutional right to deny any qualified citizen the right to run in an election.
He challenged the former president to provide “cogent reasons enshrined in the Constitution that could stop a sitting president or anybody from contesting an election in Nigeria.”
Garba said he would sponsor the debate in any media that Obasanjo chooses, “so that Nigerians can ask him what he is really up to.
“It is possible he is being instigated by foreign powers or local selfish politicians who hate to see Nigeria progressing.
“I am of the opinion that Obasanjo is being used to usher certain individuals into the presidency in 2019 to facilitate the exploitation of the country’s wealth.
“I Mohammed Garba, a media expert is, therefore, challenging former President Olusagun Obasanjo to a debate on all the things he has said about President Buhari.
“If his action is for the good of the public let him explain and provide us an alternative more credible candidate for 2019.”
Garba stressed that as an elder statesman, what was expected of Obasanjo was to support Buhari to do better and not judge and condemn him.
According to him, President Buhari, inherited a problematic polity destroyed by previous administrations that he Obasanjo was a contributor.
“As far as most Nigerians are concerned, Buhari is doing a great job, considering the bastardised economy and failing Nigerian security apparatus that he inherited.
“Today the economy is picking up, he has revamped the image of Nigeria in the international community and for the first time in the history of Nigeria, electricity generation has hit 7,000 megawatts.
“If we recall, the Obasanjo administration had squandered about N6 trillion to generate electricity, with nothing to show for it.”
He emphasised that Obasanjo’s assessment of Buhari performance was completely erroneous.
Garba also faulted the former president for ignoring under-performing Governors, and the National Assembly that had consistently failed to pass national budgets on time.
PDP Protest Attempt To Overthrow Buhari — Uzodinma
Imo Governor Hope Uzodinma has accused sponsors of the nationwide protest on Sunday and Monday of attempting to bring down the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Uzodinma also urged the federal government and security agencies to investigate the real intention of the sponsors of such protest across the nation
The governor spoke on Monday when scores of the supporters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Imo State staged a solidarity rally for him over his victory at the Supreme Court.
According to him, the nationwide protest by the PDP members was an attempt to overthrow the federal government.
“Why are they organising a nationwide protest on an event that happened in Imo? If they didn’t have ulterior motive to bring down the government, you they could have held the rally in Imo State, where the supreme Court passed a judgement?”
He insisted: “We are one united and indivisible country. We did not challenge the election on the grounds of violence or over voting, but we asked the court to add our votes which INEC did not include”
The governor urged the people of the state to go about their normal businesses because “I’m in charge and it is by the grace of God that I’m your governor”.
State Deputy chairman, Ugochukwu Nzekwe, while addressing the mammoth crowd, stated that the party members were on a solidarity rally to show that the people of the state were happy with Senator Hope Uzodinma as their new governor.
PDP Plotting To Impeach Me — Uzodinma Cries Out
The newly installed governor of Imo State, Hope Uzodinma has raised alarm that there is an alleged plan for him to be impeached.
Uzodinma said the plan is the handiwork of The People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in Imo State.
Oguike Nwanchukwu, the Chief Secretary and Media Adviser to the governor said that the plan has already been exposed.
“We know the game plan of the PDP because we are aware that they have been secretly inciting Imo State House of Assembly members to think of how to impeach the governor. So they are trying to rake up anything they can, even falsehood, to incite the public.”
Recall that the former governor of the State, Emeka Ihedioha of the Peoples Democratic party was sacked by the court on Tuesday, January 14th and Hope Uzodinma of the All Progressives Congress, APC, was declared the winner of the just concluded governorship election.
Supreme Court Upholds Elections Of Plateau, Bauchi Govs
The supreme court has upheld the elections of Simon Lalong, governor of Plateau state, and Bala Mohammed, his Bauchi counterpart.
In Plateau, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared Lalong, who contested the March election under the All Progressives Congress (APC), winner, but Jeremiah Useni, his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rival, had challenged his victory.
Useni had earlier lost at the tribunal and court of appeal.
Mohammaed Abubakar of the APC had also challenged the victory of Mohammed who contested under the platform of the PDP.
Like Useni, Abubakar lost at the tribunal and appeal court but headed to the supreme court.
At the apex court on Monday, Sylvester Ngwuta, the judge who headed the seven-man panel, dismissed the appeal filed by Useni and Abubakar.