2018 has been a year of landmark political achievements which have qualified President Buhari for this nomination as Legit.ng's politician of the year.
While many of Nigeria’s vast population of politicians are struggling to make an impact to qualify them for re-election early next year, President Buhari has produced one political masterstroke after another.
For instance, President Buhari moved to save the All Progressives Congress from imminent collapse by influencing the change in the party’s leadership. His intervention saw the successful passing of leadership mantle from John Odigie Oyegun to Adams Oshiomhole. Also, the move helped the party to shed what the APC called ‘dead weight’ politicians who were only after their selfish desires than the growth of Nigeria as desire by the party.
Buhari also placated the APC national leader Bola Ahmed Tinubu by making him a mediator in the APC internal crisis which was threatening to tear the party apart.
But Buhari’s best political move was the apology to the south-west and the family of late MKO Abiola for the annulment of the June 12, 1993, election by the military government of General Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida. He topped the apology with a posthumous award for the late presidential candidate of the Social Democratic Party in an emotional ceremony broadcast live across the nation.
As if that was not enough, President Buhari wiped away the tears of former workers of the defunct Nigeria Airways staff by paying up their entitlement after over 20 years of failed promises by successive governments.
All these, some political observers argue, have made President Buhari the candidate to beat in the 2019 presidential election.