Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has said that the change promised by the party cannot be achieved in four years, hence the need for President Muhammadu Buhari to seek a second term.
The APC, believed by some Nigerians to have failed already in just its two years of rule, has been battling the clamour for restructuring by some of its members in order to resolve the current crisis within the party.
Even though President Buhari’s body language has not given any indication as to whether he will be seeking a second term in office or not, there are alleged plans by leadership of the party to make sure he contests.
Oyegun, speaking to New Telegraph, said he would do whatever it takes for him to get President Buhari to re-contest in 2019, including “fasting and prayer.”
“There is no another Buhari in this country. Buhari is the only man who can command 12 million votes even without any major campaign. So, you can see the picture. Yes, there will be changes, the party will get new members or lose a few members, but there is no Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). So, there is no strong party any more to say you are going to join and strengthen it. It is only APC that is really a strong party,” Oyegun said.
“I will pray, fast to God that Buhari agrees to contest in 2019. If he contests, Nigeria will be better for it.
“My prayer is that we can get Buhari to re-contest in 2019. We don’t know his mind yet, but I will do anything in my power to ensure that he re-contests in 2019. Why? He is the only one who has the moral front and the courage to make the changes that Nigeria needs.
“We need more than four years to get this country to subscribe to a new morality, a new ethic and turn its back on corruption of the very type we are trying to uproot now,” he said.