- Tony Momoh agrees that the defection that hit APC will affect its results in 2019
- Momoh, a former information minister, is optimistic Muhammadu Buhari will still win the 2019 presidential election
- He urges the APC not to lose sleep over the misfortune as Buhari's second term will help him consolidate on his current achievements
Tony Momoh, a former information minister has said the exit of some bigwigs from the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not stop President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in 2019.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Momoh, an APC chieftain and close ally of Buhari, expressed the view in a telephone interview in Lagos on Friday, August 3.
According to the report, Momoh said while the defectors might get substantial votes for their new party in their respective areas, Buhari would still win in their domains.
He said Buhari got more votes than most of the defectors in their respective zones and states, and the same thing would happen in the next election.
He noted that the president had done well as a leader and Nigerians would show appreciation by re-electing him.
“I do not think the defection would stop the president from winning in the next election.
“I will not say that it will not affect the votes of the president; votes are about people, and now that some people have left, it will have some impact.
“But I do not think that the impact will be such that it would stop the president from winning.
“Come to think, the president got more votes more than the defectors in their senatorial zones and states mostly in the north in 2015.
“Overall he got 15million votes in the election. Now that he is president who has performed well, he will get more votes mostly in the south south and south east.
“He has delivered great projects in these two regions which did not really vote for him in 2018.
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“The votes the president will get in these regions will make up much more for the very few votes he might lose to defections in the north,” he said while urging the APC not to lose sleep over the defection, as Buhari would record his biggest win ever in 2019.
According to Momoh, the president has not disappointed Nigerians on the three-pronged promises of security, corruption and economy on which he campaigned.
He added that Buhari’s second term will enable him consolidate on his present achievements.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the All Progressives Congress said it was neither distracted nor surprised by the defection of the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
Governors Abdulfatah Ahmed and Aminu Tambuwal of Kwara and Sokoto states also defected to the PDP.
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