North-West caucus angry at PMB’s 2019 endorsement

The North-west caucus of lawmakers in Federal House of Representatives has express anger following the publicized endorsement of president Buhari for 2019.

Kaltung told newsmen in a telephone conversation that the issue of endorsement of Buhari never happened.

“I can tell you categorically that it never featured in our discussions at the meeting.

“So if anyone says we endorsed anyone, it is a big lie,” he said.

“It would be funny for anyone to endorse president Buhari at this time.

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“We must be sensitive to the mood of Nigerians.

“The president is being bashed in public space for the hardships Nigerians are dealing with.

“So to support him for 2019 would be like insulting the citizens,” he added.

Also, some APC members insisted that the president’s endorsement was not discussed at their last meeting.

“To publicly endorse Buhari in the face of the current hardship, would amount to “absolute bad timing.”

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“They just misrepresented our position and misinformed Nigerians.

“Yes, we commended Mr. President for improving the security situation generally, but that was it.

“In fact, we also discussed that while the security situation is improving in the North-east, it is getting worse in our zone.

“This is because the North-east has been getting all the attention,” the lawmaker said.

“Honorable Doguwa is bringing Kano politics into our general caucus position.

“Kwankwaso’s interest in running for president in 2019 is visible, even if he has not publicly said so.

“And we all know the serious infighting in Kano APC.

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“Doguwa just used that statement to throw a jab at his erstwhile mentor.

“We did not send him to make any endorsement,” the lawmaker said.

Doguwa is the leader of the 94-member caucus and Chief Whip of the house of reps.

Doguwa had said “President Buhari is from the North-west geopolitical zone.

“2019 will come and we are also going to be there; we will be able to engage it as it comes.

“I want to tell you that Nigerians can’t afford to miss Mr. President in 2019 as it comes,” Doguwa had said.