By AUSTIN OWOICHO, Abuja
The Democracy Coalition has accused the President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration of clamping down on former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar over his interest to contest for president in 2019.
The coalition in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Mr. Michael Williams, described the terminating of contracts of the Wazirin Adamawa with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) as witch-hunting.
“The attention of Democracy Coalition has been drawn to a petty and
witch-hunting policy of the Buhari administration which resulted in
the termination of the boat pilotage monitoring and supervision
contract Atiku’s company Intels had with the Nigerian Port Authority
(NPA) because of Atiku’s interest in contesting the 2019 Presidential
Election against the rumoured reelection bid of the ailing President.
“There is no doubt that the move is part of the wider conspiracy to
attack and cripple the business interest of the former Vice President
who is also the biggest employer of labour in Nigeria,” it stated.
It explained that the termination of the contract is an open admittance by the
failed Buhari government that Atiku’s Presidency is inevitable come
“Anybody fooling himself with an overdose of cocaine syrup and is
thinking that Atiku will go broke and back out of the 2019 Presidential race is only suffering from the placebo effect of the drug.
“With the $25 billion contract scandal in the NNPC and with the massive
corrupt practices going on in the failed Buhari Government, the ailing
President Buhari has shown that his much trumpeted fight against
corruption by this draconian and clueless regime is nothing but a
“With the latest clampdown on one of the multinational businesses in
Nigeria, the failed Buhari government has demonstrated once again that
he hates domestic and foreign investments in the country. What this
action means is that under Buhari, investments are not safe in
“Donald Trump ran for President against Barrack Obama’s anointed
candidate in 2016 but Obama did not go against his business interest,” it pointed out.
“Hence, the latest move against Atiku by President Buhari has really
emboldened Nigerians to rally round Atiku and support him to become
their President in 2019.
“Therefore, we are asking the ailing President Buhari to start writing
his hand-over note because Atiku’s Inauguration on May 29, 2019 as
Nigeria’s new President has become inevitable,” it predicted.