The Buhari Campaign Team has only one strategy for 2019
The 2019 general elections is going to be a tough call not for the President Muhammadu Buhari administration but also for the ruling All Progressive Congress party. At a recent brainstorming session with some of his top aides, President Muhammadu Buhari expressed concerns about the limitations of his anti-corruption effort, saying it seemed his administration had spent too much time on rhetoric than give vital sectors needed attention.
The APC and President Buhari’s three (3) cardinal points of campaign in 2015 were the economy, security and corruption. However, the president is also worried that three years down the line, he is not busy going around cutting tapes to commission projects as it’s a norm for a ‘working’ administration.
That meeting was a defining moment in Mr Buhari’s already turbulent presidency. At the session, aides agreed the president needed to seek re-election, but all sides arrived at a telling decision. The corruption war rhetoric, even though perceived to be largely without substance, must continue if the president stood a chance of a second term, they advised.
“The meeting analysed the situation and arrived at the conclusion that the best option available to them is to still use the corruption discourse,” a source told PREMIUM TIMES.
The choice of a former EFCC lawyer and Senior Advocate of Nigeria, Festus Keyamo was recommended by Minister of Transport and DG of Buhari Campaign Organization, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi. This is based on the premise that Mr. Keyamo, being a former lawyer on some of the corruption cases in Nigeria would have access to insider information and would shape the communication in the approach that would appeal to electorates.
Is the Buhari administration fighting corruption as much as it should? Will anti-corruption message win elections for APC in 2019? This is where we cross our fingers and wait.