By Ismaila Chafe
Grassroots Mobilizers for Buhari (GMB), a political association promoting President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 presidential ambition, has expelled six of its members for allegedly fraternising with Buhari’s opposition, Atiku Abubakar.
Atiku Abubakar is the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections.
A statement by the National Chairman of the GMB, Hajiya Fatimah Goni in Abuja on Tuesday, gave the names of the suspended members.
Goni revealed that the affected members had been parading themselves as members of the association in spite their expulsion.
She, however, stated that the association had notified relevant law enforcement agencies on the fraudulent activities of the expelled persons, whom she said, were bent on tarnishing the good name of the association and that of President Buhari.
“The attention of the Grassroots Mobilizers for Buhari (GMB) has been drawn to the activities of some of its suspended and expelled members who are now parading themselves as executives of GMB, and are going about deceiving vulnerable politicians and organisations alike with the intent to misinform, defraud and extort them in this season of politics and politicking,
“These elements have, in the past weeks, been planning with an evil intent to bring Grassroots Mobilizers for Buhari into shame and disrepute in a grand design using the name, logo and letterheads of GMB to make a declaration in support of the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
“We hereby draw the attention of the general public that the plan, intent and actions of these criminal-minded individuals do not in any way reflect the views of the GMB and we, by this disclaimer, deny and disown their plans, intent and actions in part, whole and its entirety to be false and of criminal intentions.
“We in the GMB are volunteers for nation building. Our voluntary mobilization efforts for the support of President Buhari is neither for sale nor salable.
“Our time, energy and efforts put in the steering of this organization are with the intention that the administration of President Buhari remains the right choice and the best for the nation in these times when the evil cancer of corruption and its supporting tissues are regrouping to re-infect, re-hijack and re-inflict our nationhood.
“We at the GMB will not and shall never compromise for any article of corruption under any guise whatsoever,’’ she said.
The director-general also dismissed Sen. Bukar Ibrahim’s outburst that President Buhari might not win the majority votes in the North East in 2019.
She said the GMB had intensified its grassroots mobilization with the hope to ensure landslide victory for President Buhari in 2019.