A former Deputy Governor of Lagos State, Alhaja Sinatu Ojikutu, has declared that some corrupt elements around President Muhammadu Buhari are afraid of his re-election in 2019.
Ojikutu was of the view that these corrupt elements are afraid that Buhari’s victory in 2019 will mean trouble for them.
Addressing newsmen on Saturday in Lagos, the former Deputy governor said Buhari has demonstrated high level of integrity in piloting the affairs of Nigeria.
She stated that these elements are afraid that it would no longer be business as usual under Buhari as they were used to cutting corners to corruptly enrich themselves.
Ojikutu also said Buhari was doing his best to put Nigeria back on the track of honour and progress through transparent leadership and a fierce anti-corruption war.
He said, “It is unfortunate that in spite of the president’s sincere efforts to advance the country’s development, some powerful Nigerians were hell-bent on stopping his re-election in 2019.
She said these “corrupt elements believed that their interests would be further hurt by Buhari’s emergence in 2019,” hence they resort to `dangerously desperate’ political actions to stop him.
“The drums are beating; the polity is heating and the corrupt are at work. Everybody is afraid that with Buhari continuing, whatever he or she has done will be eventually exposed.
“Even some around the president are not saints because they are tainted too. So deep down them, they know Buhari’s emergence means trouble.
“We have a president with integrity, who has tried to make things work and who is still trying to make things work,’’ Ojikutu said.
Ojikutu said some people believe they are not making it under Buhari and that they will stop at nothing to stop him.
“In what way are they not making money?
“Because they had been used to a system in which things were not done right.
“I have been told to my face that “Madam, you have been nominated for so, so, so and so but people objected that your coming will be their nemesis because you won’t play ball.
“Why must we play ball before we can make it in this country? These people are heating up the whole place just because it is no more business as usual and for that, they want to stop him in 2019,” she said.