A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Kawu Baraje has said the fortunes of the party in the 2019 general election depends on its readiness to listen to the growing complaints from Nigerians and make a change.
Speaking at a special prayer session for him in his home at Ilorin, Kwara State on his 67th Birthday, Baraje said it was a simple tenets of democracy that is currently at play where the electorates are telling APC and its governments the areas where things have not been properly done.
The politician was at different times the National Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), its Acting National Chairman and later the Chairman of a faction of the party known as the New PDP (nPDP)
According to him, though Nigerians need to exercise some patience with the APC government but that would not be a reason for the party to take the people for granted.
He said in the event that the party and the government do otherwise till the general elections comes ext year, it should be ready to take whatever becomes their lots thereafter.
He pointed out that though as a chieftain and one of the founding leaders of APC, he would not wish that the party would have a poor outing come 2019.
Speaking on the killings by alleged herdsmen in Benue State, Baraje who said he had personally visited the state to sympathize with the government and people described the situation as unfortunate.
He said the issue of grazing needed to be handled with caution by both the government, the people and the herdsmen pointing out that in the past when grazing posed no problem had gone.
According to him, several decades ago, the population of Nigeria was about fifty million when there was enough space without either side stepping on anybody’s toes but nowadays, when the population is about 180 million, grazing line could no more exist.
He therefore urged the government to speedily address the issue to arrive at a peaceful resolution while asking the herdsmen to know that to demand for grazing opportunities would require dialogue and not through violence.
Also responding to the question on the former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s advice to President Muhammadu Buhari not to re-contest as president next year, Baraje said it is the president’s right to seek for another term.
His words; “It is the president’s right to re-contest and it is the electorates’ right to vote and make their choice”.