Why Buhari will lose re-elec­tion bid – ex-gov Aliyu

The Punch - - POLITICS TODAY - James Abra­ham, Jos

Aformer Niger State gover­nor, Ba­bangida Aliyu, has said Pres­i­dent Muham­madu Buhari will lose the 2019 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion.

he said crit­i­cal stake­hold­ers who con­trib­uted to the Pres­i­dent’s elec­toral vic­tory in 2015 had all de­serted the rul­ing party.

Aliyu said this in an in­ter­view with our correspondent dur­ing a peace meet­ing which his rec­on­cil­ia­tory com­mit­tee had with Plateau Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party lead­ers in Jos, the state cap­i­tal, at the week­end.

he said, “What hap­pened in 2015 is what some peo­ple would call a North­ern rev­o­lu­tion.

“We can also say that the PDP re­ally gave Buhari and the APC the vic­tory be­cause if you re­call, the G7 was made up of seven serv­ing gov­er­nors; five of them went to the APC and the cur­rent Se­nate Pres­i­dent also went to the APC as well.

“That was what gave the APC vic­tory and now, all of them that joined the party have all re­turned to the PDP. As far as am con­cerned, the APC has no chance in 2019 elec­tion be­cause we in PDP are not go­ing to make that mis­take again.”

The for­mer gover­nor said his party was aware of plans by the rul­ing APC to rig the elec­tion, hav­ing lost the good­will of the peo­ple.

he, how­ever, said the PDP had de­vised a counter strat­egy to stop the rig­ging plot and en­sure that the votes of the peo­ple counted.

he added, “We are not sur­prised by the in­tim­i­da­tion and ha­rass­ment which we are wit­ness­ing from the rul­ing party.

“We have been telling our mem­bers that one needs not be afraid of a party that sees it­self be­ing de­feated. We are also de­sign­ing a coun­ter­strat­egy to make sure that no­body is in­tim­i­dated.

“elec­tion is about peo­ple. It is about de­vel­op­ment and hon­esty and not about so called cult build­ing around an in­di­vid­ual. It is about num­ber and since we have the num­ber, they will not stop Nige­ri­ans from elect­ing Atiku Abubakar as the next Pres­i­dent.”

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