Ekiti State Governor Ayodele Fayose has said Nigeria does not need President Muhammadu Buhari as her leader in 2019, noting that his re-election bid is an ambition that is dead on arrival.
Fayose, who spoke with newsmen in Ado-Ekiti yesterday on the President's intention through his Chief Press Secretary, Mr. Idowu Adelusi, said if Buhari was unable to read the handwriting on the wall and know when to call it quit, Nigerians would show him the exit door in 2019 by voting him out of office.
He said that Buhari is not only too old to lead the country well, but had bungled the opportunity given him by his woeful performance.
"That ambition is dead on arrival. We don't want grandpa as president anymore. Nigeria does not deserve a Buhari as president in 2019. Buhari is old and tired. When people don't know when to take their leave and say bye, Nigerians will show them the exit door.
"His ambition is a means by which Nigerians will tell him good riddance to bad rubbish when they boot him out of office. He is an easy candidate to defeat in the poll for he has failed woefully.
"He has failed in all fronts. He has failed in his so-called fight against corruption; he has failed in the economic front. He has not done well in term of security. People are being killed in large number daily and Nigerians have no confidence in him.
"His declaration today is a slap on Nigerians in the face of what Nigerians are passing through. His government is not only clueless, but in shambles. He should go home and rest," he said.
Meanwhile, the apex northern socio-cultural group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), said yesterday that Buhari only exercised his constitutional right by declaring his interest to contest in 2019 presidential election.
In reaction to President Buhari's expression of interest to contest the Presidency next year, the ACF, through its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Muhammad Ibrahim Biu, said: "He is only exercising his right to contest as provided for in our constitution by declaring his interest in the 2019 presidential election.
"It is also the right of his party, APC, to nominate him in accordance with the party's rules and regulations."