BY OBUTE JAMES
A three times Governor of Yobe State who is also serving his third term as senator representing Yobe East Senatorial District in Nigerian Senate under the platform of All Progressive Congress (APC), Senator Bukkar Aba Ibrahim has told President Muhammadu Buhari not to expect votes from North East in 2019.
The senator whose wife Khadijat is currently the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs said the issues for which people of the North-East voted for Buhari and APC had not been addressed. According to him, they are getting worse.
Ibrahim said even rigging would not save the President and the party from the imminent defeat.
The senator who issued the warning at the Internet launch of his book, ‘Poorlitics,’ and 70th birthday celebration held in Abuja last night said the North-East should not be taken for granted “since it is not a must for the zone to support Buhari.”
He said, “As we move towards the elections, I have to give a dire warning to the APC that things are no longer the way they were in 2015 when we rode to power on a cloud of euphoria, believing that things will change for better.
“Simply put, things have not changed and many things are getting worse and the people are bitter.
“We should not assume that we can win, even with massive rigging. The economy has gone down because of our action and inaction, and we are blaming the past too much rather than solving the present problems.
“I am going to give a dire warning. Let the North-East not be taken for granted that we must support APC.
“Our interest in the North-East has always been progressive and I will personally be watching for required improvement in the APC before the elections.
Improvement that can guarantee victory such as respecting the rule of law and releasing political prisoners as well as non-selective war against corruption, as against one sided witch-hunt.”