The Presidency has confirmed that the 2019 presidential election would see President Muhammadu Buhari retaining Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo as his running-mate.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the disclosure while fielding questions from State House Correspondents on Monday against the backdrop of the string of victories recorded by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, at last weekend’s by-elections in the country.
He said, “Decisive victories in senatorial and state assembly elections in Katsina, Bauchi, Kogi and states were an indication that the Buhari/Osinbajo presidential ticket that won the 2015 election will ensure an encore in 2019. That these victories place Buhari/Osinbajo presidency in very good stead for next year’s election.”
Shehu, who was flanked by his colleague in the office of the Vice President, Laolu Akande, maintained that each of the bye-elections was considered to be epic in nature, adding that the victory in those states shows that the ruling party is still popular and that Nigerians have just endorsed Buhari/Osinbajo joint ticket.
According to him, “I like to speak to you about the fabulous shows of the APC in Katsina, Bauchi and Kogi, and even to some extent in Cross River States. All of these coming against the background of Ekiti state.
“It is clear that from election after election, Nigerians are reposing confidence in the Buhari/Osinbajo presidency. Each of these election victories is considered to be epic in nature because none of these elections was an ordinary election. We are happy that we have won and on behalf of the president and the acting president, we like to say thank you to Nigerians who continue to repose their confidence in the leadership of the APC administration.”
The presidential spokesman went on to state that instead of toeing the path of democratic tenets in its activities on national issues, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was behaving like a militant organisation.
He said, “I think that it is not the right attitude for a political party, a so-called opposition leader to conduct their affairs like a militant organization, a political party cannot be run like a militant organization, if you have disagreement on the outcome of an election, they know the process and they know it because they abused it before, you can see this is the clear difference of the kind of democracy the APC administration is trying to put in place from what they are used to.
“(Governor) Willie Obiano of Anambra, same afternoon he won election, president Buhari said congratulations and well done, we were happy we came second in the elections, that is the way it is.
“We lost a Senate seat in Osun, we didn’t try to bring down the roof, and this that has happened in Cross River (bye election for state assembly), did you hear Adams Oshiomhole saying he wants to shoot people, I think this is the difference we need.”