– This is the opinion of Alhajia Zanna Gaddama, a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) chieftain – According to him, Buhari has not met the expectations of the people who voted him into power A factional chairman of the PDP in Borno state, Alhaji Zanna Gaddama, has stated that the Buhari Tsunami which took place in the 2015 elections won’t repeat itself again in 2019. Gaddama made the statement in an interview with Daily Trust in the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja recently. He said the Buhari Tsunami will not work again because the expectations of those who voted the president have not been met by the present administration. His words: “The people thought that if Buhari came to power, in three months’ time, Boko Haram would not be there and they would go back to their communities. They expected that a bag of rice which was N8,500 would come down to N3,000, while their salaries would increase, their purchasing power would increase and they would have an easy life.
“That was the thinking of the people at that time, which made them come out en masse to support Buhari. But today they have seen the other side of it. The rice that we are talking about is now N18,000.
“When you talk about other means of livelihood, everything has gone up without succour from the government. There is no job for them, our young men and women that have finished schools have been roaming the streets without jobs. “The YouWin programme that was done by the Jonathan administration, which was judged as the best in the world, was scrapped by this government and no better replacement was put in place. “When you go to the streets of Maiduguri, many people have become beggars. When people get breakfast in Maiduguri they don’t know how to get lunch; after getting lunch they don’t know how to get their dinner. This is how our people are suffering down there. Then you think with the hunger in them they will come out and vote Buhari, because they did it the last time? I don’t think so.” Meanwhile, the PDP national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, has revealed that the PDP was coming up with “generation next” programme for re-positioning youths to take over leadership in 2019. He said that the programme was designed to prepare the youth to take over political leadership in the country. According to him, with the programme, age barrier will be removed and a 25-year old that is popular and intelligent can be voted into power as governor.
He urged the youths to mobilise young people in their communities irrespective of party affiliation to rescue the country in 2019. He also charged them to rise and defend marginal unity and democracy in the country.