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2019 presidency: Okupe asks Saraki to run

By: dayan (M) |Time : July 10, 2018, 12:40:17 AM
LAGOS—AFTER the acquittal of the Senate President Bukola Saraki of false assets declaration charges by the Supreme Court, a chieftain of the Accord Party and former presidential spokesperson, Dr Doyin Okupe, has urged Saraki to take advantage of his increasing popularity and vie for the 2019 presidential election.

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Okupe gave the advice while speaking on the crisis in the All Progressives Congress, APC, occasioned by the formation of the Reformed APC by some aggrieved members of the ruling party.

The former presidential aide, who fielded questions on Channels Television programme, Sunrise Daily, Monday, said: “Apart from President Muhammadu Buhari, the next most visible and most notable politician in Nigeria today is Bukola Saraki and he would do himself a great favour if he steps into the ring and run for President. He has
the pedigree.

“Saraki has the required exposure and experience from being a Special Assistant to the President, to being a two-term governor and now Senate President. He has been through different stages of leadership and this makes him stand out among many other aspirants who have indicated interest to become President.”

Answering a question on the possibility of Saraki clinching the APC presidential ticket against Buhari who has indicated interest to run for second term on the platform of the APC, he said, “APC would be doing themselves a favour if they do not allow the President to run, and I don’t see Saraki contesting the primary in the APC, it is impossible.

The hostility against him in the APC is too much. That is why he needs to move to another party where he can form alliance with other parties to contest.”
On the chances of Buhari in winning the 2019 election amid the crisis rocking the APC, the former presidential spokesperson said, “The

Buhari government and the APC are presently at the lowest ebb of popularity. The saying that Buhari has 12million votes in the North is delusional. Northerners are also affected by the economic problem Nigeria is facing and a large percentage of the goodwill and popularity Buhari enjoyed before the 2015 elections have diminished
because the people are not happy.

“For instance, Buhari had about two million votes from the Middle Belt; now 80% of that is gone.”

Okupe added, “Any vote Buhari and the APC lose in the North cannot be recovered anywhere else”.

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Re: 2019 presidency: Okupe asks Saraki to run

By: dayan (M) |Time : July 10, 2018, 12:45:13 AM
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Buhari government and the APC are presently at the lowest ebb of popularity. The saying that Buhari has 12million votes in the North is delusional. Northerners are also affected by the economic problem Nigeria is facing and a large percentage of the goodwill and popularity Buhari enjoyed before the 2015 elections have diminished
because the people are not happy.

“For instance, Buhari had about two million votes from the Middle Belt; now 80% of that is gone.”

Okupe added, “Any vote Buhari and the APC lose in the North cannot be recovered anywhere else”
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I watched the interview on Youtube and the Channels guy (Niyi Thabiti) was desperately trying to question this assertion.
At a point i started to ask whether Thabiti is the APC rep at Channels TV. lol  ;D
Okupe was about to make a statement on how South West won't vote for Buhari but was not allowed to continue in his analysis by Mr Thabiti.

What Okupe said is a general public information that anyone with a modicum of interest in Nigerian politics already knows.

Re: 2019 presidency: Okupe asks Saraki to run

By: dayan (M) |Time : July 10, 2018, 12:55:16 AM
As for Saraki gunning for the highest office in the land, I wouldn't cast my lot with that opinion.
Yes, Dr Saraki has shown some leadership abilities in his prior public positions (appointments ) but being the president of Nigeria is a different kettle of fish altogether.

Saraki has not demonstrated in his past positions any backbones, or "balls" on key issues of national significance.
He has not shown any concrete political ideology or any firmness in pursuit or leadership of a political ideology in Nigeria.
I see him the same way I see Goodluck Jonathan, and we all know how Jonathan fared in the end.

Had Saraki led the national assembly to amend the constitution and bring about implementation of key demands in the country like State Police and other restructuring issues (which are currently being opposed by Buhari and others like him who do not want true change in Nigeria), that would show him as a person that can lead change against odds.
We need people who had demonstrated courage of convictions -people who led an opinion not supported by a sitting president, for example.
We don't want to "sell the dog and buy a monkey" like the Igbo say, because both animals still sit down the same way!

Re: 2019 presidency: Okupe asks Saraki to run

By: dayan (M) |Time : July 10, 2018, 01:04:38 AM
So, for me, only two men, that are known to me, are the ones we can remotely trust with change in Nigeria.

The first of them is Atiku Abubakar and the reason is because Atiku fought Obasanjo even as his vice president and he has political scars to prove it. Atiku has demonstrated courage of leadership by opposing his boss - a man he shared a political ticket with. That to me is a demonstration of courage. And Obasanjo would have done everything he could to remove Atiku from his second term ticket, but couldn't pull it off. That is what I call political strength and stamina.   
Finally, Atiku has, yet again, taken up a controversial political position, and is pushing it without fear. That is a demonstration of political ideological leadership on restructuring of Nigeria. This is a popular demand, but few has shown courage to embrace it. Atiku has embraced it courageously.

Of course, it helps that Atiku has his own money to finance his campaign.

The other candidate I can support so far is Omoyele Sowore because he is a living palpable figure of courage.
He has led opinions in Nigeria and has put his life on the line for that several times.
And he has demonstrated cosmopolitanism and genuine love for ALL of Nigeria.

Finally, he is sourcing his campaign funds OPENLY and is not beholden to anyone that we can see..
He is loyal to ALL Nigerians.
He may not win, but his contesting gives us hope that the future will be brighter.

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