BY VICTOR BUORO, ABUJA – Former Minister of Communications, Mr. Adebayo Shittu, has declared that his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), might find it difficult to get votes in the 2023 general elections if the party failed to put its house in order.
Shittu, who stated this in Oshogbo when he featured on ‘The Frontliners” a programme organised by the Association of Veteran Journalists, Osun State branch, said that the ruling Party must work extremely hard to put its house in order if it must be able to garner the required votes to win elections.
He pointedly said that if the APC is not careful, it would be difficult for it to get the needed votes in 2023 as the Buhari’s magnet would be missing.
The former minister dismissed insinuations in certain quarters that President Muhammadu Buhari, would be seeking a third term in 2023, stressing that such thoughts are mere “wishful thinking and idiotic”.
Buttressing his argument, Shittu said that Buhari got over 15 million votes with 12 million of the votes coming from the North alone in 2015 which he maintained in 2019.
In his words; “In the last two elections, Buhari got over 15 million votes and that is because he is on the ballot. From the North alone, he got over 12 million votes on each occasion.
“If the APC is not careful and put its house in order, where will the vote come in 2023 if the magnet of Buhari is no more on the ballot?”
He said that Buhari is the most selfless leader Nigeria ever had, adding that the President’s lifestyle for the past 20 years has not changed.
He further said; “President Buhari is not flamboyant. What he is looking for is good legacy.
“Obasanjo failed when he attempted third term. So, you think a less ambitious person would now be the one to do that? It will not happen, so I think it is not a matter we should focus on. It is a waste of time.”