President Muhammadu Buhari made yet another major mistake on the campaign trail, when he incorrectly mentioned 2005 as the year he assumed office as a democratically elected president.
For starters, Buhari was inaugurated President on May 29, 2015. It would be the first time an opposition party would be defeating the then ruling PDP at the center since Nigeria’s return to democratic governance in 1999.
However, addressing the crowd in Ekiti on Tuesday, February 5, 2019, President Buhari mixed up his dates yet again when he said: “Distinguished ladies and gentlemen, there is hardly anything new that I can tell you.
“I am very pleased the Vice President is here and the Chairman of the National Economic Commission [sic] has told you in detail what we are doing, especially that affects your state. I assure you what the Minister of Transportation said — Amaechi — because he’s in charge, he told you what we’re doing about the railways from Lagos to Kano through the states along the Nile; that we’re very conscious of the promises we made when we were coming in in 2005.”
The president then went on to reel out his administration’s achievements in the areas of security, infrastructure and tackling corruption.
A litany of goofs and gaffes from the campaign grounds. Buhari’s gaffe on the stomp ground is not his first this campaign season. While wooing voters in Delta State, the president erroneously referred to the APC governorship candidate in the state as the “presidential” and then “senatorial” before settling for “governatorial(sic)” candidate.
In Cross River, Buhari first raised the hand of NDDC boss Ndoma Egba as the APC governorship candidate in the state in a symbolic endorsement gesture, before he was pointed to John Owan Enoh who is the real APC governorship candidate in Cross River.
Campaigning in Kogi State on January 16, Buhari erroneously said he was inaugurated president on May 15, 2015.