A former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Buba Galadima, on Monday, testified against him before the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Abuja, dismissing insinuations he withdrew his support for the president because he was not appointed a minister.
Galadima, who appeared as the first witness of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, gave reasons why he refused to support Buhari during the 2019 presidential election, citing alleged injustice in his administration, lack of inclusiveness and failure of the administration to secure Nigeria.
He noted that he supported Buhari in 2003, 2007, 2011 and 2015 election cycles before he switched camp to support Atiku, candidate of the PDP in 2019.
Under cross-examination, Galadima denied the allegation by Buhari’s lead counsel, Chief Wole Olanipekun, SAN, that he was aggrieved because he was not made a Minister under the APC administration.
“You fell out with the second respondent (Buhari) because he did not make you a minister in 2015?” Olanipekun asked him.
Responding, Galadima said: “No. You should know that I fought all the previous governments since 1999 because of injustice.
“We Made Good Promises To Nigerians , including justice, inclusiveness and to secure the country, which he has failed to do.”
“It has always been part of my characteristics to fight injustice,” he added.
When he was cross-examined by counsel to the All Progressives Congress (APC), Prince Lateef Fagbemi, SAN, Galadima admitted that the “Reformed APC”, which he spearheaded before the presidential campaigns started, was not a registered political association.
Galadima, a spokesperson for the Atiku Campaign Organisation, said he was never sacked by the APC, saying he remained a member of the ruling party.
“I am still a member of the APC. I have not been sacked. We are in court. I don’t want to be subjudice.
“I am not a member of PDP, but we have a memorandum of understanding with the PDP to produce God-fearing, good and educated leader,” he stated.
Galadima was thereafter discharged from the witness box by the panel.