By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Coordinator of National Committee for Buhari Support Groups, Senator Abu Ibrahim, has said the group is working to stimulate all the Buhari support groups for the 2019 presidential contest, even as he said the group is ever united for the tax ahead of the presidential election.
Speaking to journalists in Abuja, Abu Ibrahim, who represents Katsina South Senatorial District in the senate, however denied the allegation that the committee under his leadership, was going round collecting money from governors.
While assuring that the committee will replicate the trend of 2015, Abu Ibrahim said that there were over 198 groups that worked for President Buhari before 2015 elections out of which about 23 had national spread.
He said that the allegation that there were cracks in the committee remains the handiwork of political jobbers who wanted to create a nonexistent crack, lamenting that the group condemning them claims to be affiliated with the All Progressives Congress (APC) while they are not.
“It is insulting to claim that I went out to collect money. I am a fourth time senator and I am too big to go round and be asking for money. It was only one governor who assisted us and that is Bello Masari of Katsina State.
“When he saw what we were doing, he assisted us. That is the only person I know who gave us donations. If there is any governor who gave us money, let him speak up.
“People are going round to collect money and they think we are like them. How can one retired ambassador tell me who has won elections four times that he is a better politician than me?
“That is a bloody lie. These people are political jobbers. They are the ones going round and collecting money. They think we are doing the same thing and going into their market. We are not”, he said.
“First, I think there is a misconception. I have known Buhari for almost forty years. That is since my secondary school days. I have known him since he started playing politics. So, I know him personally. I know his political platform very well. After the 2015 elections, I went to the President and told him something.
“I told him that he is the only most popular Nigerian to have won elections since the formation of Nigeria. Buhari won in almost every part of Nigeria.
“From my understanding, there are thousands of support groups that aided his election. I told him that we should not allow them to dissipate.
“I am giving you a brief history of a meeting I had with Buhari almost two years or over I think. So, he thought it was a good idea. We decided to determine those who are around and determined. He agreed. We went to all the 39 states of the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Abuja.
“I first went to someone, but I will not mention his name. He gave me two people to work with. I told the two people that I needed them to go all over the states and determine these groups.
“They took the names of all the existing Buhari support groups. Even some in Hausa were also compiled. When we finished, I took the list to Buhari. That was how we agreed that we should set up something like a committee to always talk to these support groups. That was how we came up with the name National Committee for Buhari Support Group.
“When we started collating the names, the President fell sick. But we continued. We went to almost all the geopolitical zones. We also did something to showcase Buhari’s achievements and promises he has made during the campaign which he has fulfilled.