President Buhari was guest on NTA programme, the presidential town hall meeting tagged, ‘The Candidates’, that was broadcast live on the network of the Nigerian Television Authority on Wednesday night, has left many tongues wagging, a section of the public have expressed displeasure at the turnout of the program. The
After the program which was aired live on Wednesday, the State Campaign Council Director of Media and Publicity of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Lere Olayinka, berated Mr President for what he described as a scandalous performance,
“almost all questions had to be interpreted to the President while he talked off-point throughout; answering no question appropriately to the extent that Vice President Yemi Osinbajo became so embarrassed and agitated that he tried to help him answer questions that was asked him.
The fact that the Vice President was regularly coming to the defence of his principal, prompted Ms Ahmed to, at some point in the debate, urge Osinbajo to allow Mr. President to answer his own questions.
“It was so terrible that the moderator had to tell the Vice President to allow President Buhari to talk for himself.”
Olayinka, said that those promoting the President had no conscience because they knew way back in 2015 that he lacked the mental and physical capacity to run a local council not to talk of a country of over 200 million people, according to him,
“the only reason the cabal running the country wants him to remain in office is to guarantee their 2023 presidential ambition and access to the national treasury.”
He openly challenged those supporting the President’s second term bid by saying
“They should tell Nigerians how a man who could not comprehend anything on that live programme except when it had to do with promoting nepotism should keep running the affairs of Nigeria.
“In saner climes, after his disastrous performance on The Candidates last night, President Buhari’s will be asked to go home and rest. But because they are selfish and wicked, they will pretend that the NTA programme never happened just as they pretended in 2015 when the President was calling APC ‘All Progressives Confidence’, ‘INEC Independent Nigeria Electoral Commission’, Osinbajo ‘Osunbade’ and Imo State ‘Ibo’ State.
“They also saw him in 2015 when he was talking about Deutsche Mark that was last spent in Europe in 1999 as currency being used in Germany, referring to Angela Merkel as President Michelle and Germany as West Germany. But they will never mind the international embarrassment that he has become as long as their hold on power is sustained and their 2023 presidential ambition is guaranteed.”
He accused the President of not hiding his support for corrupt elements in his party, and to further drive home his point, Olayinka said;
“To further demonstrate the hypocrisy in his so-called fight against corruption, when asked about the Kano State Governor, Ganduje’s bribery scam, President Buhari responded by saying; “Hopefully, by the time I go to Kano for my campaign, I will have the information,” but at the same time tried to discredit the video exposing the bribery scandal.
“Nigerians, especially the people of Ekiti should take their time to see the video of The Candidates edition of yesterday and challenge anyone coming to preach reelection of the president to them if they will hand the running of their personal business to someone who has proven to be unconscious of happenings around him.”
Though the series was put together to afford presidential candidates and their running mates the opportunity of informing the electorate of their plans for the country ahead of the February 16 presidential election, Mr. President’s outing leaves much to be desired in that regard.