A former Deputy Governor of Bauchi State, Sule Katagum, has said that the north had considered president Muhammadu Buhari their Mahatma Gandhi.
In an interview with Punch, Katagum said that the reason he left the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was because the principles for which he joined the party in 2014 were no longer valid.
He argued that he joined the party because of ideals such as fairness and justice and they (north) had expected Buhari to be like Mahatmah Gandhi and Nelson Mandela.
However, he said that over the years he realized that the party principles became watered down.
His words: “The reason that made us join the APC in 2014 were that the party’s principles entailed things like fairness, justice, and so on. If you look at the motto of the APC, we believed strongly in the APC. In the north, there was no doubt, Buhari was like a messiah, Buhari was compared to people like Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela. We thought this was a man who would clean Nigeria and make it what it was supposed to be.
“Sadly, the principles, over the years, became more or less like those of the normal Nigerian political party.”