A pro-democracy group has attacked President Muhammadu Buhari over termination of a contract with the Nigerian Ports Authority (NPA) involving a company owned by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
The body, Democracy Coalition, in a statement issued by its National Coordinator, Mr. Michael Williams, accused the President of cancelling the contract because of the former Vice President’s interest to contest the 2019 Presidential election.
The statement read in full, “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.
“To say the least, the terminated contract is an open admittance by the failed Buhari government that Atiku’s Presidency is inevitable come 2019.
“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 hoax.
“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 Nigeria”, the coalition said.
The graphics added that “Donald Trump ran for President against Barrack Obama’s anointed candidate in 2016 but Obama did not go against his business interest.
“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”, the Coalition observed.