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Babatope: Buhari, APC Should Allow Democracy To Thrive

Posted: Jan 1, 2016 at 10:55 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Chief Ebenezer Babatope is a former Minister of Transportation and member of the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

I want Nigerians to remain what they were in 2016. Nigerian people are very militant people, so they will not accept yes to be yes until that yes has been proved to be a conclusively yes. Nigerians are not going to rush to judgement; they are going to be calm fair and just to pronounce judgements that would be recognised.

I know that the beauty of democracy would show itself in 2016, because by the end of the year, it would become manifest how the All Progressives Congress (APC) want to run Nigeria and they might expedite the space of the change that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) would bring about when they form government in 2019.

As far as I am concerned, people of my generation are old and we are going but we want to see a good government that would preside over our affairs. I want to wish President Muhammadu Buhari the best of luck in his anti-corruption strides.

He is doing very well now but he must not for goodness sake allow the climate of fighting corruption go into his head. If he does, then he will allow himself be put off and if he allows himself to be blown off, then Nigeria would have it very rough. There is going to be governorship elections in Edo and Ondo states in 2016.

If Buhari and APC allow democracy to have its way; that is if they allow the people to pronounce their judgement and their judgement are respected, there would be no problem.

You can say what you like about former President Goodluck Jonathan, Edo State, which was Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) state in 2012, had election under Jonathan and ACN won.

There was election in Anambra in 2014 and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) won. Jonathan never lifted his hand to twist or manipulate the electoral system to suit his party. If Buhari does the same thing, of course there would be no problem in 2016.

It would be peace all through. I will wish Nigerians the best of luck in 2016. I pray for them and I also prayed for myself because this is a time when things happen in a manner that you cannot understand.

I would be 73 in a month’s time. When people like me wake up in the morning, we pray to God to spare our life. So, I want God to spare my life, so that I can see what is happening in Nigeria.