Buhari has clearly failed but…– Shehu Sani
Nigerians will reward him with second term
Senator Shehu Sani, the All Progressives Congress (APC), controversial senator representing Kaduna Central, has revealed that the failures of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government and the emergence of more presidential aspirants will not “stop him emerging as the next leader of Nigeria.”
Sani said this when he appeared on a political programme on Channels Television where he was discussing the reasons why the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, opted for direct primaries to elect its torchbearers in the 2019 election.
When asked about the chances of President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming general elections, Senator Sani said, “well, I never have a doubt that President Muhammadu Buhari will win the election in 2019, because I believe that there are lots of achievements that could be attached to his stewardship in the last three and half years.
“We can also see some challenges and some failures on his side. But on a general note, I believe that those who voted him in 2015 still have hope and belief in him that he can lead them to where they want to be.
“And for the opposition parties, it is a positive development that you have lots of people struggling to lead this country. It is interesting.
“And the statements, they have been making, there is nothing wrong with it. It is just putting the ruling party on its toes. It will in no way stop the president from emerging the next leader of Nigeria,” he said.
Sani’s allegiance to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) had earlier been questioned, with accusations he was involved in anti-party politics.
It was speculated he had concluded plans to join the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after criticizing Buhari.
“What they have been saying, there is nothing wrong with it (criticizing Buhari) because it will keep the ruling party on its toes, but that will not in any way stop the president from as the next leader of Nigeria,” Sani said.
The senator, who has not been in a rosy relationship with his state governor Nasir el-Rufai, said he was more concerned in ensuring they cooperate to win next year’s election in the state.
He said, “This is the time to put heads and hearts together and to win the election. There is no doubt about it that the opposition in Kaduna is formidable. They have the big names and people who are also well rooted in the grassroots.
“So, it is left for us to decide on what to do and I think for any progressive who is genuinely progressive, should see that the party’s interest comes first.