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Search on Atiku: Buhari is desperate, says NIM



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The Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) has described the search carried out on former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as an act desperation on the part of President Muhammadu Buhari.

In a statement issued on Monday, NIM said “the strange search carried out by plain clothes security agents on the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar on Sunday is a clear indication that President Muhammadu Buhari, is desperate, jittery and grossly ill-advised by his handlers.

“This show of desperation is also an indication of what to expect in the 2019 presidential elections as the incumbent president may not allow anything short of retaining the seat, at all cost”.

This was contained in a statement made available by the coordinator for Nigeria Intervention Movement (NIM) Ekiti state chapter, Mr. Moses Jolayemi.

Speaking further, Jolayemi said the attempt by the aviation minister, Sen. Sirika Hadi to hoodwink Nigerians by describing the search as “routine” was shallow, hollow and totally unintelligible by every standard, adding “no discerning mind in this country will gulp such porous excuse because even a primary school child is bound to question the timing for that strange search. If that is the routine, are you saying the man (Atiku) had never plied that route before? Was that the way he had always been treated?

According to him, Buhari and his handlers are unwittinglyhelping to further boost Atiku’s chances as Nigerians are not as dumb as they sometimes think.

Jolayemi explained that though NIM Ekiti state chapter has not formally endorsed any candidate for the office of the President come 2019, the fact remains that Atiku appears clearly the most potent threat to the current president.

“We in the Nigeria Intervention Movement, Ekiti state particularly, are not oblivious of the current mood of the nation which is totally against President Buhari and the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) but the fact is that we are still studying the Presidential candidates from different political parties. At the appropriate time, we will advise our teeming members on the way to go”

“What I can say at the moment is that we will not go against the will of the generality of the Nigerian people. As things stand, there is no where you go in Nigeria today that you can conveniently get more than two out of 10 Nigerians who are ready to queue behind Buhari. The general feeling is that this present government has failed beyond description”

“But 2019 is still a bit of a distance. As they say, in politics, 24 hours is a long time. Who knows, miracle may still happen and the mood may change but for now Nigerians are fed up. They are unable to trace any tangible achievement to this President and it is difficult to measure the depth of their disappointment.

Unfortunately for the President, he is not able to act it well enough by keeping a straight face, pretending that all is well. He is showing to the whole world that he is desperate by intimidating a candidate who by all means is the most formidable threat to his second term ambition”

“I advise the president to resist the urge to clamp down on the opposition, if only to convince Nigerians that he has moved a step away from his draconian and dictatorial past as military head of state when scores of notable Nigerians who held opposing views to him were hounded into prison or chased into exile”



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