Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congres (APC) in Kano state, Mauzu Magaji, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, to ignore those encouraging him to seek re-election co e 2019,
He said that even the president had personally complained of his age when he took over in 2015.
Speaking with newsmen tuesday in Abuja, Magaji who contested the governorship ticket of APC in Kano in 2014, said the recent political dynamics have shown that the President can no longer cope, hence the need to honourably step aside for a younger politician.
Magaji, a former Special Adviser on Project to former governor Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso in Kano said: â€œHonestly, if you ask me l will say that the President has given so much to this country and he has done so much within his coming into the democratic space that the limitations that we have highlighted now have the potential to ruin his integrity and reputations if he continues this way.
â€œUnless he addresses them and we have analyzed here that addressing them might be difficult for him. I think there is a milestone in democracy that you might say even if l am giving 10 years there is much l can do but if l set the foundation and l am happy l have restored confidence and l have brought hope back and l could get younger people.
â€œEven the President himself complained about his age when he came and complained about the dirty process within the polity which is not in tandem with what he is used to.
â€œSo, there are political dynamics that he is not capable of assimilating, therefore we need some politicians that are vibrant, younger and capable of managing the dynamics of diabolical plans of some politicians against the state and check-mating them.
â€œAlso they must be persons that have demonstrated the pedigree and capabilities to build a nation either from the responsibility they held before or from things they have manifested in their lives and they have the integrity to manage the resources and the moral balance to treat Nigerians equitably and fairly. Those are the people l think the President should look out for and hand over this nation to them as a legacy.â€
When asked whether he will preffer his former boss, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as APC presidential candidate in 2019, Magaji said â€œif that is the case, I will say yes. If he gets this opportunity l believe he will do very well because Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso is a very young vibrant politician who has committed his life in politics in the service of humanityâ€.