- A presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says he will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari
- He said deafeating the president is possible if he emerges the flag-bearer of the PDP
- Baba-Ahmed was elected in April 2003 to the Federal House of Representatives for the Zaria Federal Constituency, Kaduna state and became a senator in 2011
Datti Baba-Ahmed, a presidential aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), says he has a chance to defeat President Muhammadu Buhari if he emerges the flag-bearer of the PDP.
Baba-Ahmed who revealed this in a statement in Abuja said “I have never been afraid of incumbency".
Datti Baba-Ahmed was elected in April 2003 to the Federal House of Representatives for the Zaria Federal Constituency, Kaduna state. He ran on the All Nigeria People's Party (ANPP) platform and was there till 2007.
In 2007, he took the Independent National Electoral Commission to court over conduct of past elections. He was known for speaking out against corruption.
However, in the April 2011 elections, Baba-Ahmed polled 366,398 votes to win the contest for senator for Kaduna north.
“I am a Nigerian and I am contesting on the same Electoral Act and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, unless they are going to violate it, which we shall challenge.
“Muhammadu Buhari is welcome to contest for the Presidency in 2019 and I think it is a healthy practice to have a gentleman of his age, his mould and people who have been in power for the past 50 years contest.
“But as for popularity, it is highly arguable. I think the support of many Nigerians has been taken for granted.
“And I think the average Nigerian has now become more intelligent politically and more aware. That political awareness is what I think leaders who have been in power and think automatically that without people making recourse, they will just endorse them and support them.
“That is the awareness that they are taking for granted. What I have learnt in my few years in life is that never take people for granted,” he said.
Going further, he said President Buhari will not find it easy in 2019.
“Absolutely, he will not have it easy. Do not forget that President Buhari had contested three elections and lost until a certain action by the PDP made many members to exit the party and go to the APC, and made him to win. APC is practically PDP.
“Even Buhari’s best, his very best, he won by only 2.5 million. Now, he is in about his worst, with the economy on its knees, the insecurity, the herdsmen issue that he has not attended to, the educational system and millions of jobs lost, while the people’s awareness is on the increase,” he added.
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Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship aspirant and chief of staff to the Imo state governor, Uche Nwosu declared that Igbo's support to President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in 2019 is the best option for the southeast.
Nwosu declared that Igbo will turn down the offer of vice president by the opposition People’s Democratic Party in 2019 adding that the zone cannot afford to scuttle its chances because of a ‘Greek’ gift from the PDP.
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