In Readiness for 2019, Buhari Reappoints Amaechi Campaign DG

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President Muhammadu Buhari

• Tinubu backs president second term, may seek commitments

Olawale Olaleye

With 2019 general election just 13 months away, it has come to light that President Muhammadu Buhari may have finally thrown his hat into the ring to seek re-election next year by reappointing his Minister of Transportation and former governor of Rivers State, Hon. Rotimi Amaechi, as the Director-General of his 2019 election campaign.

Already, Amaechi, who led Buhari’s campaign in 2015, THISDAY gathered, has been issued a letter of appointment for next year’s election and would make an official announcement on his appointment anytime soon.

Twice last year, Buhari had hinted at a possible presidential run, albeit subtly. First, he did so during a summit on counter-terrorism in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire, and the second time last November, when he visited Kano State on a two-day working visit.

THISDAY gathered that although the president has refused to share his 2019 aspirations with many people, he has however intimated Amaechi of his intention to seek re-election.

Amaechi before the 2015 elections had convinced Buhari, who after losing to former President Goodluck Jonathan in 2011 had said he would not contest for the presidency again, to re-contest in order to stabilise the polity and implement the “change” agenda of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

However, this time around, Buhari was said to have confirmed his intention to run strictly to the “Buharists”, a group of loyalists formed by Amaechi and comprises governors of the APC, ministers, party chieftains and some prominent Nigerians, all of whom share the ideals of the group.

Amaechi, THISDAY gathered, formed the Buharists group at the height of growing criticism against the Buhari presidency and convinced its members to alter the narrative against the president.

With the formation of the group, Amaechi was also said to have consulted with critical stakeholders in government, the party and the country, to first seek their buy-in and enjoin them to join the 2019 election bid, which according to sources, is expected to be much tougher than the 2015 contest.

Sources close to the APC also hinted that although a majority of party members are not averse to the president’s re-election bid, they have however craved that things be done properly and expect Buhari to reach out to them personally to intimate them of his re-election bid.

According to sources, the National Leader of the APC, Chief Bola Ahmed Tinubu was also believed to have told some of those close to the president that whilst he and his loyalists in the South-west were ready to back Buhari’s re-election bid, the condition for their support would be different this time around.

According to one source, the APC chieftain had told those who approached him on Buhari’s re-election bid that “let it be known that we supported him in 2015 based on trust. This time, around, we have to negotiate proper agreement”.

Although it is almost a fait accompli that the president would run in next year’s election, sources in the APC are nonetheless very concerned that the contest will be much tougher due to the disappointment, mistrust and discontent with the administration by a large section of Nigerians.

Accordingly, the Buharists have been reaching out to seek the understanding and cooperation of all that matter, as they forge ahead with Buhari’s re-election.

In the meantime, Amaechi, the sources revealed, would hold a press briefing in the next few days to announce his appointment as well as unveil the agenda for the Buhari 2019 project.

  • ThirdEye

    A waste of time, resources and energy in-deed!

  • LEGACY

    Bola Tinubu has no option than to support Buhari. Only imaginary conditions exist. What was the agreement in his ‘first’ term? Did Buhari keep them? Was there agreement for only one term? Your guess is as good as mine. Tinubu will soon realize that trickery is no sophistication in politics. He was only being greedy and foolish with exaggerated sense of his own importance. His politics and that of his folks is that of exigency and no vales. Let him continue to pretend he is still relevant.

  • Joe

    I campaigned against Buhari both in the north and in the south. Buhari was like a madhi that muslims were expecting to arrive and has landed from the sky. You dare not talk against him no matter your level they will stone you. Today, most of our friends in the north are asking me how I came to know buhari and I tell them that human being is the most easiest creature to understand than all of God’s creation. God has told us through His word how to know a man. “Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaketh”. “A good man brings good things out of the good stored up in him and an evil man brings out evil things out of the evil stored up in him”. I used Buhari’s past statements before he became president to judge him. What Buhari said when he went to sokoto, kaduna and even in Ibadan (Yoruba v Fulani war) in the pasts, were enough evidences that he is not qualified to lead a multi ethnic, multi religious, multi cultural society like Nigeria.In all these, I blame Tinubu because without him, buhari wouldn’t have smelled aso rock, even with the unjustifiable votes from the north.

  • KennBest

    President Buhari tried, but unfortunately, he’s not the change Nigeria desires. His wife knew when his government was hijacked by a few mallams, and she cried out saying “My husband’s government has been hijacked”. Buhari promised change and indeed we saw a horrible change. If he thinks he can use Tinubu to get the southwest vote again, then his mullahs are deceiving him. Tinubu has only one vote and this time around, we’ll let even him know that he can’t play with us in the southwest.

    But a question remains. Who shall we vote for then, come 2019? Athiefku? God forbid the day that uneducated thief will rule Nigeria. May God help us in Nigeria and may He in his time, bring us a Jerry Rawlings that will do some thorough in-house cleaning of the thieves that’s held Nigeria at gun point. Beautiful and resourceful country, unfortunately in the hands of marauders called politicians.

    • Adam A

      If u SW don’t vote him u loose out.mind u many Igbos have keyed in behind PMB as u saw in d last Anambara gov election where APC defeated PDP . He is currently doing d major SE roads which pdp neglected for 16 yrs as such many of them are queuing behind him

  • Nnamdi Nwachuku

    i have just registered to vote all to be sure if my vote is the one vote that would topple apc, it will be used

  • OshyLike

    The reelection of any incumbent needs justification.

  • vic

    BUHARI HAS ONLY AGENDA OF FAILURE AND MISTRUST AMONG NIGERIANS. BUHARI WILL BE THROWN OUT FROM ASO ROCK BY A MAJORITY OF NIGERIANS. HE IS A SHELTER FOR CORRUPT POLITICIANS IN THE COUNTRY. BUHARI CANNOT CONTINUE TO FOOL WITH NIGERIANS ANYMORE.

  • vic

    NIGERIANS WILL DO THE RIGHT THING IN VOTING BUHARI OUT.

  • share Idea

    When Wike told the world that the Ikoyi money was from Rivers, people called him names. Now, it is becoming obvious why Buhari would like Amaechi to head his campaign. We await to see how he would raise the funds this time around. Nigeria we hail thee

  • vic

    BUHARI, WHAT CAMPAIGN??? A CAMPAIGN OF UTTER FAILURE, LIES, DECEPTION AND TOTAL FRAUD BY YOU AND YOUR CORRUPT CABAL WITH THAT SEASONED LOOTER, AMAECHI, YOUR CAMPAIGN DIRECTOR ????

    BUHARI, YOU ARE CLUELESS, YOU WILL BE DISGRACED OUT IN 2019.

  • ychukwuka

    A housefly that has no adviser will always follow the corpse to the grave.

  • NaMairam

    A very welcome development. Let’s pray that all goes well.

  • Larry Azuh

    The reward for hard work is more work. Ride on Ameachi ( The Lion of Ubima)

  • stanley wilkins

    Buhari?? No chance only a fool will vote for him.

    • Larry Azuh

      Only a fool like you will vote against him

      • stanley wilkins

        A fool like u will vote for him.

        • Larry Azuh

          He has won already , your miserable and hate infested vote will not be needed assuming you have a voters’ card

  • Asuk

    No wonder he shields Ameachi from being prosecuted for the looting of Rivers state treasury.

    • Larry Azuh

      Go to court with your evidence(s) against Ameachi

      • nwaurualla

        Like you went to court before calling Diezani names?

        • Larry Azuh

          Diezani, all the money she looted will not save her from the cancer that is eating her up

          • nwaurualla

            Now, it is obvious you are a psychotic and unhinged imbecile!

          • Larry Azuh

            Your stupidity is factory fitted. Nothing can be done to reset it

          • Toby

            And nothing is eating up your Buhari?

          • Larry Azuh

            Nothing and absolutely nothing

      • soulchild

        Garba Shehu stop masquerading as Larry Azuh

        • Larry Azuh

          I am what i am. I will NEVER bear another person’s name. I AM LARRY AZUH

          • BankyMons

            You have no shame. There is no word in the dictionary to qualify your kind.

          • Larry Azuh

            Shame about what. You should be shameful of yourself

    • vic

      AMAECHI IS BUHARI’S BIG THIEF, YOU HAVE SPOTTED HIM RIGHTLY.

  • James Gunn

    I have only one vote but I will ensure I go with ten other voters to the polling booth and convince All on my whatsapp, Instagram and twitter pages to vote for someone else. This experiment has failed. Buhari is incapable of making any progress. He will need a minimum of 50 years with his trial and error methods of governance. I can’t understand why Buhari has never spoken against the rampaging Fulani Herdsmen. I just can’t. We must change this change.

    • vic

      THE CHANGE MUST BE CHANGED. BUHARI IS A PERFECT CLUELESS DAURA DUMB BEGGAR UNFIT FOR THE HIGH OFFICE.

    • peace

      In 2015 it was anything but Jonathan, this time around it’s ABB anything but Buhari . Can’t wait to have another party in power so all the mess of APC can be exposed . A party of deceit by deceit for the gullible.

      • yinka

        No matter who PDP field as candidate, he or she has less than 5% chance of beating Buhari. So, stop the wishing.

  • zubidbest

    Yes, the Hausa/Fulani will always pick a betrayal from the south. So, this is no surprise.

  • James Edward

    It is no longer in doubt that black people especially those who campaigned for and voted buhari are idiots. It will clear all doubts about blacks especially buhari supporters and voters being 75% human. Even Europeans of 1,500 years are more civilised than hausa/fulanis and so-called educated yoruba people. Shame

  • Prince innocent Anaele

    Yes that is the right thing to do, Mr President should re contest . By re appointing Amaechi his campaign DG is good but He(Amaechi ) should renegotiate his terms and that of his goepolitical zone with the president and the north in general. Why do I support the president because it’s not easy to effect real change, he needs another term to prove himself . He should be firm in his decisions, he should spread his arms to other goe political zones in terms of appointments and projects. We need all the ports to be fully operational our refineries to be rehabilitated and modula refineries built in all the 6 zones.

    • Raymond Adie

      my brother another chance for buhari will mean hell for nigerians. he will kill everybody before 2023

      • vic

        PERFECTLY PUT.

    • vic

      MAY BE, IN YOUR WILD DREAMS.

  • D.S.

    But he said in 2015 that he was going for just one term…

    • Larry Azuh

      Where did you and him discuss that?

  • Ralph

    He will double his margin in 2019. The Obiano Phenomenon will be reproduced. People can say things now. But when they enter that booth they will do the right thing

    • Raymond Adie

      Ralph goodday pls anambra case is different. apc, pdp are nothing to write home about. if we are to manage any of dem i think pdp is a better devil for d following reasons
      1. once beaten, twice shy
      2. apc has kept blaming pdp even after 3 years.
      3. everythig got worse since 2015 viz; fuel, rice, transportation, prizes of goods
      4. no rule of law in d country as our courts av no powers over buhari
      5. apc is now a hiding place for all criminals including past pdp criminal

      • Ralph

        And you know this comparing 32 months if low oil prices to 16 years of high oil prices?

        • share Idea

          Please is it the low price of crude that is making this administration to be lying to everyone including themselves. Guess it is low crude price that is making them not charge former SGF to court nor investigate Amaechi against tons of allegations sent to EFCC. Please tell us something else.

          • Ralph

            Amaechi- you know where courts are. Ex SGF- conflict of interest/abuse if office not corruption. It’s a disciplinary offence not criminal

          • Ekun

            Ralph, ehn abeg are you the same guy I encountered that writes quantitative analysis and risk and works for a big bank in the world?

          • Ralph

            Stop trolling me.

          • Ekun

            Oh you the same guy. Just wanted to be sure. Not trolling you. Your bullshit on comments sections is like the bat signal. Any time you post nonsense it triggers the signal. No worry.

          • Ralph

            Visit a doctor. You’re losing it

          • Ekun

            Wow!!!!!! That was quick. Nope not losing it. You piece of shit. In the words of bavid Chappell you are a bitch ass niggar

          • Ralph

            If you are interested, get your friends and family to be quants. It’s a good job. If you want induction meet me in Canary Wharf. I also hire summer interns. So join up if you want

          • Ekun

            No thanks. Am good. Wasn’t sure it was the same guy. For the record you don’t know finance.

          • Ralph

            Dude, get help fast

          • Ralph

            The day you have passed CQF, CFA and completed a doctorate in a quantitative subject, will be the day you’re qualified to make that ‘for the record’ comment. For now, go see a doctor

          • Ekun

            Nice. You just listing qualifications now abi. All good if u have all 3. However, you still shit, don’t know shit, and will amount to shit

          • Ralph

            Lol. Please take your childish tantrum somewhere else

          • Ekun

            Mutherfucker with 3 qualifications you should have a strong mind. Mind over matter.

          • Ralph

            I shall never be seen to respond to someone who clearly isn’t sound mentally. Good night and have a nice life

    • Johnpaul Ugwuegbu

      The don’t need do the right we will do it for them.

      • Ralph

        One man, one PVC, one vote otherwise, jail awaits

  • Magnus0071mg

    Buhari will not be on the ballot

  • OJAY

    The campaign promise this time around will centre on 1) devolution of power to other tiers of govt, 2) how to cut down cost of governance at the executive & legislative levels which are very high today & 3) providing a clear blue print on our economy to work efficiently & effectively for the benefit of all.
    Nigerians are getting politically aware to be able hold their leaders accountable for their stewardship. Never in the history of Nigeria has a leader been taken on the way PMB has. This is a result of political awareness.

  • soulchild

    If he likes he should appoint his Allah, we no do again. As usual Amaechi go hammer, but count us out of this scam. “Change the change!!!”

    • Musbau Hamzat

      U have only one vote provided you will even vote which i do not even sure. Do Not play with your Creator. Allah is the creator of Earth & Haven. He is your GOD my GOD. The meaning of Allah in Arabic is GOD. Dont be ignorant.

      • Western

        Thank you very much for the little piece of education. I do not know why somebody would be toying with GOD. Oluwa=Chukwu=Allah=Jehovah=Almighty GOD. Every tribe in the world called GOD in different ways and languages.

        • soulchild

          So for your mind Jehovah=Allah? That’s news to me. Your fellow Muslims must not know this, because the rest of us are infidels

        • PRIME MINISTER

          Your are wrong. This is not about the name of God in your language. It is about a different religion. Jehovah, Allah, Ogun or Amadioha are not one and the same.
          Allah is not God.

      • soulchild

        Thank you teacher, but my God is NOT your God. My God does not encourage his followers to kill.

        • nwaurualla

          perfect reply!

          • Tahir Bunu-hamza

            “This is what the Lord Almighty says… ‘Now
            go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare
            them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and
            donkey.’” (1 Samuel 15:3)

            “Do not allow a sorceress to live.” (Exodus
            22:18)

            “Happy is he who repays you for what you have
            done to us – he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.”
            (Psalm 137:9)

            “So the man took his concubine and sent her
            outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at
            dawn they let her go. At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her
            master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. When
            her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped
            out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of
            the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, ‘Get up; let’s go.’
            But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for
            home.” (Judges 19:25-28)

            “In the same way also the men, giving up
            natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men
            committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due
            penalty for their error.” (Romans 1:27)

            “And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, and
            said, ‘If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, then whoever comes out of
            the doors of my house to meet me, when I return victorious from the Ammonites,
            shall be the Lord’s, to be offered up by me as a burnt-offering.’ Then Jephthah
            came to his home at Mizpah; and there was his daughter coming out to meet him
            with timbrels and with dancing. She was his only child; he had no son or
            daughter except her. When he saw her, he tore his clothes, and said, ‘Alas, my
            daughter! You have brought me very low; you have become the cause of great
            trouble to me. For I have opened my mouth to the Lord, and I cannot take back
            my vow.’” (Judges 11:30-1, 34-5)

            ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you
            love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on
            one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ (Genesis 22:2)

            “Wives, submit
            to your husbands as to the Lord.”(Ephesians 5:22)

            “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters
            with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.” (1
            Peter 2:18)

        • Tahir Bunu-hamza

          “I do not permit a woman to
          teach or to have authority over a man; she must be silent.” (1 Timothy 2:12)

          “This is what the Lord Almighty says… ‘Now
          go and strike Amalek and devote to destruction all that they have. Do not spare
          them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and
          donkey.’” (1 Samuel 15:3)

          “Do not allow a sorceress to live.” (Exodus
          22:18)

          “Happy is he who repays you for what you have
          done to us – he who seizes your infants and dashes them against the rocks.”
          (Psalm 137:9)

          “So the man took his concubine and sent her
          outside to them, and they raped her and abused her throughout the night, and at
          dawn they let her go. At daybreak the woman went back to the house where her
          master was staying, fell down at the door and lay there until daylight. When
          her master got up in the morning and opened the door of the house and stepped
          out to continue on his way, there lay his concubine, fallen in the doorway of
          the house, with her hands on the threshold. He said to her, ‘Get up; let’s go.’
          But there was no answer. Then the man put her on his donkey and set out for
          home.” (Judges 19:25-28)

          “In the same way also the men, giving up
          natural intercourse with women, were consumed with passion for one another. Men
          committed shameless acts with men and received in their own persons the due
          penalty for their error.” (Romans 1:27)

          “And Jephthah made a vow to the Lord, and
          said, ‘If you will give the Ammonites into my hand, then whoever comes out of
          the doors of my house to meet me, when I return victorious from the Ammonites,
          shall be the Lord’s, to be offered up by me as a burnt-offering.’ Then Jephthah
          came to his home at Mizpah; and there was his daughter coming out to meet him
          with timbrels and with dancing. She was his only child; he had no son or
          daughter except her. When he saw her, he tore his clothes, and said, ‘Alas, my
          daughter! You have brought me very low; you have become the cause of great
          trouble to me. For I have opened my mouth to the Lord, and I cannot take back
          my vow.’” (Judges 11:30-1, 34-5)

          ‘Take your son, your only son Isaac, whom you
          love, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt-offering on
          one of the mountains that I shall show you.’ (Genesis 22:2)

          “Wives, submit
          to your husbands as to the Lord.” (Ephesians 5:22)

          “Slaves, submit yourselves to your masters
          with all respect, not only to the good and gentle but also to the cruel.” (1
          Peter 2:18)

        • vic

          WELL SAID.

      • Ekun

        Fuck your allah. It’s your god and not for everyone. Your arrogance is not helping at all. Keep flaming the discord

    • fineman peters

      God is not asleep and he cares for this country.
      Buhari is been badly advice about this.
      He hasn’t done anything to warrants his re-election.
      His cabinet have under performed and he can’t even do a reshuffle to energise his team.
      He doesn’t know what’s happening in his government.
      The cabal around him runs the show, and they run it very badly.
      I predict that Buhari will not be in the country during the election.
      He would have other more urgent personal matter to deal with.
      Amaechi and his fellow Buharists will not have a candidate to campaign for.

      • Larry Azuh

        Prophet of doom. PMB will be alive and healthy to win the election.

        • Ahmed Buhari

          Madness is when you beg your neighbour to charge your phone because you cannot afford to buy fuel; only return to this forum and use the same phone to campaign for Buhari

          • Larry Azuh

            I have not bought fuel in the last six months because there is light in my area 18 hrs every day

          • Ekun

            Your area. Lol. See how selfish you are. Is your area the whole country. As you have light for 18hrs a day, another person in another area of Nigeria has no light for 18hrs. When the country blow up u be saying why. Guy only you and ppl in ur area can’t have light alone. The light is for everybody.
            Until everybody have light, keep quiet and enjoy ur light.

          • Larry Azuh

            Is not possible for everybody to have light

          • Ekun

            That’s was funny. Lol.

        • Judith

          Nobody wishes him dead. But I agree that GOD IS NOT SLEEPING!

          • Larry Azuh

            He who God have blessed , no man can course

          • Judith

            Something else we agree on…but also remember, mis-used blessings are also removed.

    • Larry Azuh

      Speak for yourself. You have got only one miserable vote assuming you have a voters’ Card

      • soulchild

        Please go and hug a transformer

        • Larry Azuh

          You should be doing that because PMB will still win again in 2019

          • Toby

            And your suffering continues.

          • Larry Azuh

            Suffer for what. You are the one that is river of grievances

    • NaMairam

      @soulchild: Your remark is a step too far. Please choose your words carefully and politely. Happy New Year.

      • BankyMons

        You want to fight for allah on the internet? As if allah cannot fight for him/herself? OK good luck with that!

    • Johnpaul Ugwuegbu

      Elections is not win or loose by people like you amaechi as Rivers man no how to win don’t worry yourself since pdp cannot win 2015 after doled out billions of dollars and pounds plus federal might 2019 is work over to Amaechi and Buhari.

      • soulchild

        And with all of Amaech’s “knowledge”, his home state is PDP. 2019:is not 2015, when people like even me were deceived.

      • peace

        Sure Amechi knew how to win and Wike gave him a heavy beating the last time out, yet he was not and is not able to win rivers state for Buhari. Sure he can win but became governor by proxy. You might be Amechi’s spokesman but please remind him and his sponsors that the billions of naira from the coffers of river state is no more available to him unlike during the 2015 election .

        • Johnpaul Ugwuegbu

          Yes 2015 the inec,police and soldiers are for wike but today the story is different don’t just worry Rivers politics is not all about votes.but show of power.

    • BankyMons

      O ti to?

  • austin

    Ghen ghen !!!

    • kenn

      The movie has started..