Senator Ibrahim Tsauri who is a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that they are praying for President Muhammadu Buhari to be well so that he will witness his defeat in 2019.
The president is in London on an extended vacation citing medical reasons and the senator who represented Katsina Central Senatorial district between 2003 and 2007 in an interview with The Sun said the PDP was poised to defeat Buhari and his party in 2019.
He said: “The presidency has no reasons to hide the true nature of Buhari’s ailment because falling sick is part of human nature. Anybody can fall sick and there is no reason why people should not tell Nigerians the nature of the President’s illness. Buhari is a human being and he can fall sick. If the Presidency is trying to hide the extent or position of the sickness, that is left for them.
“If they are hiding the nature of the sickness, that is their problem but all we know is that Buhari is sick and we pray for him to get better and come back to continue his job. Any right thinking person will not pray for the incapacitation of the President.
“When Yar’Adua was sick we saw it, when he became incapacitated and we saw what happened next that led us to the doctrine of necessity. If today, Buhari is declared incapacitated, there will be nothing ceremonious about it. We pray for him to get better and come back, but the presidency should be up and doing by giving the people the true picture of the president’s illness.
Tsauri noted that Buhari did well for Katsina state when he was chairman of Petroleum Trust Fund but that things have gone from bad to worse now that he is president.
“During his chairmanship of the PTF, we saw improvement in Katsina State, but now he is the President of Nigeria and not for Katsina State. For his presidency so far, I have not seen anything good. I am not saying he has not done anything but I have not seen anything. The exchange rate has skyrocketed and the dollar has gone as far as N520 . Prices of goods and services have skyrocketed.
“The economy of the country has gone from bad to worse. I would not know what he may do in the future but for now, the situation is bad.
“There may be some level of achievement in the fight against Boko Haram, but besides that, I do not see anything good in this government and even the anti-corruption fight has been one-sided. I do not need to tell you that if the PDP were in power the situation will certainly not be as it is today because everybody is feeling the effect of this economic crunch in the country.
“He said he is fighting corruption, but when the anti-corruption war is one-sided, what do you call it? All those being detained or probed by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission are all PDP members. Some who were in the PDP and were afraid of being probed have since defected to the APC and nobody touches them. I am not telling you something new, it is what you know.
“We want Buhari to come back in good health because of 2019 when we are going to take over power from him. We do not want to take power from any other person; we want to take power from Buhari himself that is why we do not want him to be sick. We do not want him to die. We will beat him at the polls in 2019 just as he beat us in 2015. I am so sure of this because the APC is already campaigning for us. If you voted for APC in 2015, I am so sure you will not make that mistake of voting for them again in 2019.
“In the case of Edo and Ondo, we all witnessed what happened. In Ondo, our candidate was declared the authentic governorship candidate on Thursday while the election took place on Saturday, so we did not have sufficient time to campaign.
“If they were not afraid of the PDP, why did they not give us the one week we asked, for campaigns? If we were given one week, we would have defeated the APC. In Edo, you saw what happened that there was no level playing field. When we were allowed to campaign in Rivers State, what happened? When we were given time to campaign in Bayelsa, what happened? So, we have that confidence that the PDP is bouncing back to reclaim the mandate and make Nigeria a better place to live.
“So, we are praying to Almighty God to heal and let him come back to Nigeria and continue his job, because between now and 2019 when we are going to take over.