Senator Bukar Ibrahim, a three term serving senator and former governor of Yobe State who spoke during the Launch of his book ‘Poorlitics’ and 70th Birthday Celebration held at the Auditorium of the Barcelona Hotel, Wuse 11, stated that massive rigging may not save Buhari from the imminent defeat in North East as realities on ground show that Nigerians are worse off under him within the last three and half years than they were, throughout the 16 years of governance under the Peoples Democratic Party ( PDP) from May 1999- May 2015.
Senator Bukkar Ibrahim whose wife, Khadijat Ibrahim currently serves as Minister of State, Foreign Affairs under the Buhari Presidency, stated that the North East should not be taken for granted since it is not a must for it to support Buhari from the North West. The APC Senator added that both zones only came together for the first time under one political umbrella in 2015, since several decades of party formations and democratic governance in the country from 1950s till date .
“In fact, the politics of the North East has always been different from the politics of the North West and it was under APC that we all united for the first time. As we move towards the elections , I have to give a dire warning to the APC that things are no longer the way they were in 2015 when we road to power on a cloud of euphoria believing that things will change for better. Simply put, things have not changed and many things are getting worse and the people are bitter . We should not assume that we can win even with massive rigging.
“The economy has gone down because of our action and inaction and we are blaming the past too much rather than solving the present problems. I am going to give a dire warning. Let the North East not be taken for granted that we must support APC.
” Our interest in the North East has always been progressive and I will personally be watching for required improvements in the APC before the elections.
” Improvements that can guarantee victory such as respecting the rule of law and releasing political prisoners as well as unselective war against corruption as against one sided witch hunt”.
Senator Bukar Ibrahim concluded his statement by saying if APC under Buhari did not get its bearings in terms of good governance before the 2019 general elections, the North East will have no other option than to vote for candidate of another political parties, one of whom is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar , a prominent citizen of the zone from Adamawa State who is the standard bearer of the PDP in the coming election.
“I shall sit back and continue encouraging my party do the right thing . But if we don’t , I still reserve the capacity to ask my people to go our separate ways and do what must be done for good governance to reign in Nigeria” he said.