Former speakers of the 36 states’ Houses of Assembly met minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi to plot the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
Guardian reports that they met on the platform of the forum of former speakers and led by Simon Lalong who is the chairman.
Stanley Ugochukwu who is a former two-time speaker of the Abia state House of Assembly, said the “members resolved to serve as a pressure group to ensure that there is good governance in the country.”
He said: “Nigerians deserve cooperation from all fronts, including non-political organisations to strengthen the country’s democracy.”
They promised to “remain non-partisan and confront issues affecting the country without any form of bias.”
A former speaker at the meeting said the meeting was focused on rallying support for President Buhari.
He said: “We discussed extensively, but of course what do you expect from meetings like this? It is to mobilise support for the president and other intending contenders in the forth-coming polls.”
A minister who was also in attendance who spoke on the condition of anonymity said their focus was to increase the president’s popularity.
He said: “We also resolved to within our strength in our various constituencies, begin to pacify people and convince them on the need for continuity. This is despite the existing challenges facing the Buhari administration.”