Former head of state General Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar pose no threat to President Goodluck Jonathan’s re-election bid in the 2015 presidential election as “they are serial failures”, says the presidency.
Although Jonathan has not officially declared his intention to run for re-election in 2015, all indications show Jonathan will stand for re-election next year. Senior Special Assistant to the President on Public Affairs, Dr Doyin Okupe also said owing to the huge pressure being brought to bear on President Jonathan from diverse quarters for him to contest the 2015 election, the president would make necessary consultation and make his decision known soon.
Speaking on General Buhari and Atiku’s declaration to contest the 2015 election, Okupe said “The declaration by the opposition is not really something new. Most of the candidates of the opposition are serial failures. Atiku (Abubakar) has tried twice and has failed (Gen Mohammadu) Buhari has done it four times and he has failed. If you present yourself for an election, first, second, third and fourth times, what new things are they bringing? Have they gone to school or are they bringing new things?
“We are absolutely unperturbed. The president is going to contest against serial losers. People who never win election. People who have no leadership quality and it is even now worse for them because this president has been given four years a platform which he has demonstrated his administrative capability, efficiency and delivery. It is unarguable that these people in the APC, it is a new and good party, they would become relevant from 2019 upward, not now” Okupe said.