The National Chairman of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Chief Olu Falae, has said that Nigerians will unite to vote out President Muhammadu Buhari in his bid to re-contest in the 2019 presidential election.
He spoke against the backdrop of the security challenges confronting the nation, as regards the spate of killings of innocent Nigerians by the activities of the Fulani herdsmen and the Boko Haram sect, across the country.
Falae made this position known while fielding questions from journalists after a closed door meeting held with former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, at the Olusegun Obasanjo Presidential Library (OOPL), Abeokuta, on Tuesday
He explained that the Buhari’s administration had failed Nigerians in the area reviving the economy and security issue.
Falae said that Nigerians desired a change from massive unemployment; a change from frustration and hopelessness; and a change from the fear and threat of Boko Haram and not the kind of change they are experiencing in the hands of the present administration.
He said his meeting with OBJ became imperative to see whether they can make any contribution towards the myriads of problems that the country is facing.
“I am here to visit Papa Olusegun Obasanjo, former Head of Military Government and former President of Nigeria and who was my boss when I was Permanent Secretary at the Presidency. I have to come to see him about the affairs of Nigeria.
” The affairs of Nigeria are greater than the political ambition of anybody. So, I am here to exchange views with Baba Obasanjo on the affairs of Nigeria. Once upon a time between 1977 and 1979, I worked with him..He was the military Head of State and I was a permanent secretary working with him. And we did many things in those days to advance the course of Nigeria and the way things are in Nigeria.
“I think I should come back to see him, to exchange views with him to see whether we can make any contribution towards the elimination of the threat that we are now facing,” he added.
On the likely collaboration between his party and the Coalition for Nigeria Movement (CNM) being promoted by Obasanjo, Falae noted that there is need for all Nigerians to work together in ensuring that there is a good, beneficial, peaceful and progressive change in Nigeria.
The former presidential candidate of the SDP said ” We need a change from massive unemployment which we have now. A change from continuous harassment from killing of people by Fulani herdsmen. A change from the fear and threat of Boko Haram. A change from a situation where farmers are afraid to go to their farms.
“A change from the riots that are all over the place because of frustration and loss of hope. A change from the present situation of depression and failure and revival of the economy of Nigeria.
“You and I know that the present government have not done well. The primary responsibility of government is to protect the lives of its citizens. This government is not doing so.
“People continued to be killed and slaughtered every night. Any government that cannot stop that has failed.
“President Buhari is my friend. Once upon a time you will recall that I raised his hand at Adamasingba stadium in Ibadan asking people to vote for him because he said he will restructure Nigeria. So it is not a personal matter.
” The truth of the matter is that he has not done well and I was hoping that he himself will look at the situation as a very honest and right thinking person and do himself and us a favour by saying that in the light of what has happened and giving the state of affairs, he is not going to contest. That’s what I thought he would do but he didn’t do so.
“What I am taking away from here is a confirmation of the fact that most Nigerians are united in wanting a change for the better. In doing whatever is possible to ease out President Buhari for his own sake and the sake of Nigeria.”
At the meeting which lasted for about two and a half hours were two governorship aspirants in Ogun State, Prince Gboyega Nasir Isiaka and Mr. Sina Kawonise, among others.