The African Democratic Congress (ADC) has invited the Emir of Kano, Sanusi Lamido Sanusi, to use its platform to contest for the presidency in the 2019 election.
Chief Ralph Nwosu, the national chairman of the party, disclosed this in an interview with The Guardian on Wednesday, May 4.
Nwosu said the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), “having demonstrated enough ineptitude going by the protracted crises within it, should be voted out in the next election while President Muhammadu Buhari appears not to get the grasp of how to move the country forward.”
According to him, the next option available to Nigerians is to look for a capable person, someone like Sanusi, who can combine integrity with intellectual capacity to move the nation out of its present situation.
Nwosu said that the on-going controversy over the state of health of the president is “a mere excuse to cover the ineptitude of the government and its party while Nigerians are suffering. The ADC, having lost hope in Buhari and the APC, is inviting Sanusi to come and contest for the presidency on its platform in 2019.”
Speaking on why ADC prefers Sanusi, Nwosu said: “Sanusi has been very forthright in pointing out the ills within the government and systems across the nation. He has shown courage in a very thoughtful manner and has also refused to be intimidated.
“The government seems to be after him and you can see the shenanigan currently going on in Kano. They are making mockery of the corruption war and the nation-building project. People like Sanusi are critical to the Nigeria Project.
“ADC would approach the Emir to contest the presidency in 2019 no matter the outcome of the present brinkmanship within the corridors of power. For a greater Nigeria, we need men with knowledge and courage like the Emir.
“The likes of Sanusi would transform this nation if he is allowed to rule. When several northern leaders and politicians are busy in self-humiliation, he is out against the tide of deception to talk about critical issues facing the country and the calamities facing the North.”
On whether the decision to invite Sanusi was his personal idea, a consensus or due to the on-going doubt over Buhari’s health, Nwosu said:
“I speak for the party. In 2006/2007 we got Professor Pat Utomi to be a candidate on our platform while we also sent our team to Kano to invite Sanusi hoping that whoever wins our presidential primary would be the candidate while the other would be the running mate. Our desire was to truly transform the country and we needed men of integrity as our flag bearers.”
President Buhari has not been seen in public for almost two weeks. He has also been absent from the last couple of Federal Executive Council meetings held at the Presidential Villa, Aso Rock, Abuja.
Similarly, Voice of Ndigbo reported that the president was also missing at the Juma’at prayer at Aso Villa mosque on Friday, April 28.
But according to Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state, it is not compulsory for President Muhammadu Buhari to preside over the FEC meeting.