Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, the lawmaker representing Yobe-East Senatorial District, has condemned his party, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to Senator Ibrahim who spoke on Saturday at his 70th birthday at Barcelona Hotel in Abuja, the President Muhammadu Buhari led APC is in many ways not better than the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) it defeated in 2015.
He noted that more than three (3) years after the APC took over power the hopes of Nigerians for a better change had been dashed.
He further noted that unlike in 2015 when the people of the North-East voted APC comfortably, the party must do more to convince the people in 2019 to consider voting for it because a lot had changed.
“Without mincing words, as an elder statesman, I must say that my dreams and hopes have been dashed.
“We have certainly not done what I dreamed we would do and in many ways, we are no better than the PDP that we sought to displace.
“As we move towards the elections, I have to give a dire warning to the APC. Things are no longer the way they were in 2015 when we rode to power on a cloud of euphoria believing that things will change.
“Simply put, things have not changed and many things are worse and the people are bitter. We should not assume that we can win even with massive rigging.”
“The economy has gone down because of our actions and we are blaming the past too much rather than solving the present problems. I am going to give a dire warning.
“Let the North-East not be taken for granted that we must support the APC. Our interest in the North-East has always been progressive and I will personally be watching for improvement in the APC.
“Improvements that will guarantee us victory (should) include respecting the rule of law and releasing political prisoners. If we are fighting corruption, let us fight every corrupt person and not select people in what may be seen as a one-sided witch-hunt.”
“I shall sit back and continue encouraging my party to do the right thing. But if we don’t, I still reserve the capacity to ask my people to go our separate ways and do what must be done for good governance to reign in Nigeria,” Senator Ibrahim who said he cannot lie at his age noted.