A Second Republic Lawmaker, Junaid Muhammed, has declared that the North cannot produce a consensus candidate because the region is divided.
He said this in his preview of the 2019 general elections.
Muhmamed also insisted that President Muhammadu Buhari should not continue in office after his tenure elapses.
“Buhari came into power with strong promise to make Nigeria better and add value to the people and country. We all believed him and had hopes and expectations on this man”, he told Vanguard.
“But he has failed woefully in every aspect of the polity. The worse aspect of his failure is nepotism. Why also be indifferent to some people accused of corruption? This aspect was not evident when he was a governor, minister and GOC.
“We strongly believe this aspect did not come into light because there was no opportunity for that. People who worked very closely with him, like Late Chief Sunday Awoniyi, told me the kind of character profile he presented then.
“Now, we are where we are today; we are confronted with incontrovertible facts that this man has a penchant for appointing his relations, his friends and what have you into key positions.
“And given the general disappointment that he has caused Nigerians and the failure of his administration to rein in graft, it is not possible that Nigerians can massively vote for him as they did in 2015. I think it would be utterly irrational for them to vote for him again.
“The north is so badly dented, badly divided and demoralized to the extent that on their own they cannot produce a consensus candidate or any leader, and they cannot because they need other people before they can pass the exam.
“So why are we saying that it is the time of the north, which time of the north is it? You are now conferring validity on people who have no value reason to claim to power.
“If you produce a leader who failed and you produced another one who died in office, so what are we talking about?
“Are we saying we have to give them the right to continue leading and you produce somebody who lacks academic qualification and then we are going to go through four or eight years of suffering? God forbid!”