- Prof Yemi Osinbajo says President Muhammadu Buhari will defeat other presidential candidates in 2019
- According to the acting president, none of the presidential contenders can match Buhari’s electoral value
- He said Buhari is the only candidate that can give 10 million votes as a head start
Acting President Yemi Osinbajo has calibrated the voting preference in Nigeria and is sure that President Muhammadu Buhari will defeat other presidential candidates in 2019, to continue his administration’s change agenda.
Osinbajo, spoke on Wednesday, August 8, at the Township Stadium in Ikot Ekpene, Akwa Ibom state, while receiving Senator Godswill Akpabio, who defected from the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), NAN reports.
NAIJ.com notes that a posse of aspirants in the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party are lining up to challenge President Buhari in the 2019 election.
Among them are former vice-president Atiku Abubakar; Governor Ibrahim Dankwambo; former Sokoto governor, Attahiru Bafarawa and former PDP interim chairman, Ahmed Makarfi.
There are also Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, and former governor Sule Lamido. Also, Senate President Bukola Saraki dropped hints on Wednesday, that he too may join the race.
Acting President Osinbajo however believes none of the presidential contenders can match Buhari’s electoral value.
Speaking through the secretary to the government of the federation, Boss Mustapha, he said: “People of Akwa Ibom state, I know that this is electioneering year, a lot of people will be going around offering their services to you.
“I have worked with all the candidates of the PDP; I know them personally, they are my friends. I do not have anything against them.
“If I have my way, I will ask the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow all of them compete, but I can assure you that all of them will be defeated by President Buhari in 2019, because all of them are from the Northern part of the country.
“In 2007, we barely got two million votes all over the nation. I can tell you that President Buhari has won consistently in their states. Is it Sokoto, is it Kano, is it Jigawa, is it Gombe, is it Adamawa? Where else?
“Buhari is the only candidate that can give you 10 million votes as head start. Why do you have to invest and engage a candidate that can just generate 300,000 votes in his state? It is a totally wasteful exercise.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that Professor Yemi Osinbajo said President Muhammadu Buhari has been growing the Nigerian economy, in spite of difficulties in the country.
Osinbajo said that the federal government, under the leadership of Buhari, had provided jobs to teeming youths through the N-Power programme in the last three years.
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