2018/10/19

Buhari's Plan To Win In 2019... How Atiku Will Defeat Him

It is less than four months to the presidential election, but the shadow boxing has begun in earnest. The two leading contenders are hopeful about their chances.

Former Minister of Information Prince Tony Momoh yesterday said he was confident President Muhammadu Buhari will win.
The Atiku Abubakar camp said Buhari will be defeated. 
It said the former Vice President would retire President Muhammadu Buhari to his village in Daura after the election.
Momoh told NAN on phone that Atiku, the candidate of the PDP, could not stop Buhari as he (Abubakar) was only popular with the elite and not the masses.
Momoh, a chieftain of the APC, said the Buhari administration had impacted on many ordinary Nigerians, and they would vote him in 2019.
He, however, said Buhari would lose some votes in the North because Atiku is from the region, but that the APC candidate would make up in other regions to win.
“I don’t think Atiku can defeat Buhari. No; he can’t, Buhari has done well in the delivery of his electoral promises and he will get the support of the people.
“Look at the war against insurgency, for instance, has he not done well? Is the situation in the Northeast as it used to be? Of course, there is relative security in the region and the people will want to vote for an administration that made that possible.
“Again, the school feeding programme, the conditional cash transfers and the other social programmes of the government, tens of thousands of Nigerians have benefited. You don’t expect them not to vote Buhari.
“These are the real people that will vote, not the people on Facebook or Twitter. The people who are moving against the President now are the elite, not the people, and the reasons are obvious.
“Yes, Atiku is popular with the elite, but how many are they? So I don’t see him winning, though, he will get votes in the North as he is from that region and he is a Fulani and a Muslim like Buhari.
“However, the President will make up for lost votes in other regions like Southeast and South-South where he has delivered many projects to win,’’ he said.
Atiku's camp reacts
The former Vice President's team said the 2019 election will be a referendum on the failed APC government
Ibe said: “This is a government that has failed on all fronts. Nigerians can no longer be hoodwinked by the Orwellian propaganda that is the signature of this administration.
“The 2019 presidential election will be determined by Nigerian voters and not by political soothsayers.
“Nigerians will make a determination whether to settle for incompetence versus competence; cluelessness versus knowhow; joblessness versus employment; restiveness versus engagement; divisiveness versus unity; nepotism versus merit and bigotry versus inclusiveness.
“It is instructive to say that since His Excellency Atiku Abubakar emerged as the presidential candidate of the PDP, the APC administration has gone into a panic mode.
“They need to be reminded that they cannot stop an idea whose time has come. Nigerians are yearning for a competent and visionary leadership that will fix the mess that has been made of our economy, give jobs to the teeming unemployed, ensure security, heal the divisions in the land and get Nigeria working again. Atiku is well-wired to provide such leadership.”
A PDP leader Babatope said Atiku was an experienced politician and that he had the capacity, credentials and clout to win and return power to PDP.
“Atiku is the new face of the PDP. It is time for the party to win back power because I am confident Atiku will win.
“My confidence is based on his political experience from being the founder of the PDM with late Yar’adua to being the Vice-President where he did very well.
“He also has national appeal as he is a detribalised Nigerian with successful businesses all over. He is a bridge builder, a man with great capacity and passion to lead.
“Atiku is the next president. Our People want him. He will rescue Nigeria, I am so sure he will win,” he said.
Asked if the former vice-president did not have the ascribed qualities when he failed in his past attempts to be president, Babatope said everyone had his appointed time.
He noted that Buhari also failed in his past attempts under different parties to be president until 2015 when he emerged under APC.
Babatope said 2019 was the destined year for Atiku’s presidency and that Nigerians would be better for it.
He said the selection of former governor Peter Obi of Anambra State as Atiku’s running mate would improve the party’s victory margin in the election.
He added that the APC had failed Nigerians and that the PDP would return in 2019 “to restore hope”.