By Rotimi Ojomoyela
Former member of the House of Representatives, Opeyemi Bamidele, has expressed confidence that President Muhammadu Buhari will trounce other interested aspirants to win the primary, if the National Executive Council (NEC) didn’t adopt him as the sole candidate.
Bamidele assured that President Buhari won’t subvert the All Progressives Congress (APC) constitution or muzzle other aspirants to emerge the presidential candidate of the party in 2019.
Bamidele, who was apparently reiterating the position of the National leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, that Buhari will follow due process of the party, maintained that due process of the law, will be strictly complied with for Buhari to seek re-election.
“This will further distinguish the President as a thorough-bred democrat who believes that sovereignty lies with the electorate”, he said.
In a statement in Ado Ekiti on Thursday, Bamidele, an APC governorship
aspirant in Ekiti State added that the APC must learn from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) self-destruct before the 2015 presidential election, which former President Goodluck Jonathan had lost catastrophically .
“Before that election, former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido and the son of the late Prime Minister Abubakar Tafawa Balewa were interested but the party decided to adopt Dr Jonathan as the PDP’s sole candidate.
“Though, President Buhari enjoyed electrifying popularity at that time but poor management of that crisis also affected the PDP. So, the APC must learn a lesson from that.
“Taking cognizance of the wars President Buhari has waged against corruption and Boko Haram insurgency and the reposition of the already recessed economy when he took off, one can’t doubt the fact that he merits re-election, even automatic ticket but the party has a process through which a candidate must emerge”, he said.
“Let the APC holds the primary ten times, ten times President Buhari will win. APC stands on a tripod- Buhari, Tinubu and members of the party and all the three are backing him and his government, so there is no cause for alarm”.
Bamidele urged Chief John Oyegun-led National Working Committee to correct the mistakes noticed in Anambra election, which Governor Willie Obiano won during the party’s primary in Ekiti.
“Some members, particularly Senator Andy Uba expressed disapproval over the conduct of the primary. The party was right by setting up committee to do proper appraisal of the Anambra election, so that the party can do better in the handling of Ekiti election”.