An Abuja basedLegal practitioner and human rights activist, Kayode Ajulo, has declared his support for the reelection of President Muhammadu Buhari. Ajulo former secretary of Labour Party of Nigeria, hinged his decision to vote for Buhari in the forthcoming presidential election on evidences of the current government’s “massive” achievements in the fight against corruption, infrastructural transformation and its resolve to continue ongoing projects.
He said Buhari’s strides in the fight against corruption was evident in the cautious manner with which public officers now handle public funds, while emphasis was now on building institutions than individuals, as it was in the past.
Furthermore, Ajulo said he will galvanise support for Buhari’s reelection because his administration’s recognition and honour of late human rights activist, Chief Gani Fawehinmi as well as the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, among others.
Ajulo, who explained his decision to support Buhari, in a statement he personally signed, added that in spite of several challenges, Buhari had shown focus and determination to end the pre-2015 era when impunity and impudence held sway.
This is as he added that Buhari had established a strong base of achievements with assurances of consolidation for a better future for the country.
Ajulo said he did not support the candidacy of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar because Atiku, as well as those around him, lacked integrity.
He made particular mention of Atiku’s recent declaration of plan to sell the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) if elected president as pointing to past instances where the nation’s assets were sold to family and friends when Atiku was Vice President.
Again, Ajulo expressed doubts at Atiku’s promise to restructure Nigeria, noting that he never canvassed such position among Northerners and had not revealed the blue print of implementing the restructuring.
The statement read, in parts, “After a careful analysis of the two leading Presidential Candidates in this election, that is, President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC, and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the PDP, I have come to realise that President Muhammadu Buhari even though I was part of his independent observers, my constructive criticism was to ensure he laid the required foundation needed to move the Country forward, and he has in the last three and half years, dedicated himself to rebuilding our country, laying a solid foundation which we needed since 1999 when we return to democratic rule for our future and also tackling our myriad of National challenges.
“The caution at which our pubic officers now handle public funds as a result of the premium President Buhari place on his anti-corruption policy, which is of great importance to our treasury as our institutions are being built rather than individuals as we used to have before.”
“As for His Excellency, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, whom I’ve known and enjoyed some goodwill from one of his wives in the recent past, I however, cannot pitch my tent with him, for not only obvious reasons of integrity challenge but also integrity deficiencies of those who surround him.”
“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s determination and boast to sell NNPC once elected as President is a reminding nightmare for me on the infamous way and manner our National assets were sold to family and friends under his watch as the then Vice-President of Nigeria.”
“Although he promise to restructure Nigeria in response to agitations of Southern Nigeria patriots, the sincerity of this promise is shown as he never canvassed such position among his people in the North and he has never at any time revealed the blue print of such equitable process.”
“President Muhammadu Buhari in my estimation and within the context of his main challenger, has no doubt established a strong base upon which we can consolidate for the future. One can point to his massive achievements despite all distractions in the areas of the fight against corruption, infrastructural transformation and development as he didn’t abandon ongoing projects needed to be completed for National development with promotion of democratic fundamentals and ideals which led his administration to recognize and honour Chief Gani Fawehinmi and the acclaimed winner of the June 12, 1993 Presidential election, Chief MKO Abiola, among others.
“And in consideration of his Vice-Presidential candidate, the erudite Professor Yemi Osinbajo, SAN, I am guided by my Yoruba proverbs which goes thus; “Omo eni koni se idi bebere, ka so ileke mo Idi omo elomiran”
“No doubt, the road has been rough and tough and there have been several challenges but President Buhari remains focused and determined not to be distracted by enemies of the Country. Also, we cannot easily forget where we were before 2015; when impunity and impudence hold sway and how far we’ve come as a Nation under President Muhammadu Buhari.
“In making my support for President Muhammadu Buhari public, it must be equivocal that not only will I vote for him, I will do everything legally permissible to galvanise and mobilize support from like minds to add value to the ongoing electioneering campaigns to ensure that President Buhari is re-elected.”