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2019: ‘Obasanjo’s men should join PDP and push Buhari out’

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Jaafar Jaafar
Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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A former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Austin Opara has advised those aggrieved with the current government to join the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and ease President Muhammadu Buhari out in 2019.

In an interview with the Vanguard, Mr Opara advised those who agree with OBJ should join the PDP in order to achieve their goal in 2019.

“That is what I consider to be the voice of wisdom; an elder statesman speaking to a leader. There cannot be a better way of advising the president than that.

“In the same view, I call on the president to heed the advice given by the past president. God has been very merciful to the president. Last year, we all remember what he went through, health-wise.

“We know that the issue of life and death belong to God; nobody will wish his fellow human being death talk more of a president. But the whole nation stood still praying for him.

“Let Mr. president save the nation the agony of further fasting and prayer; let him indeed heed the advice, at the end of his tenure, he should leave and have a good rest wherever he wants.

“The area I don’t agree with the letter is the issue of a Third Force, either you call it a coalition or what. The truth is, unless we are theoretical, if we are practical, politically it is not achievable with the period available before the primaries and the elections.

“It will indeed not be possible to put a national party across the nation that will be able to face the APC and the PDP in the general election.

“We can think of that if we are theoretical, but practically, it is not possible. So, PDP is the party today that is providing and leading the opposition.

“Those who feel dissatisfied with what the APC has done, which of course are in the majority, (most Nigerians are dissatisfied), let us join the PDP and unseat this government,” he noted.

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