The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has declared that its Presidential candidate and former Vice President of Nigeria, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar will beat the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 presidential election in the South West region.
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of PDP, Prince Diran Odeyemi made this revelation while speaking with DAILY POST in a telephone conversation at the weekend.
Odeyemi, while reacting to a comment credited to Governor Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo State that President Buhari will get a landslide victory in the February 19 presidential election, said Abubakar “will shock All Progressives Congress (APC) and its candidate in the February 16 presidential election”.
He said those who had promised to deliver the South West votes to Buhari were deceiving him and that the pledge was just a figment of day dreaming.
DAILY POST recalls that Ajimobi had on Thursday said the South West will reciprocate President Buhari’s kind gestures to the region by ensuring that he gets a landslide victory in the February 19 presidential election.
Besides, the governor said that Buhari’s overall impressive performance across the country since coming on board was enough reason for the people to vote for him for the second term.
Ajimobi also said apart from keeping faith with an illustrious son of the region, Professor Yemi Osinbajo, as his running mate, Buhari has done for the South West what had eluded the region under the 16 years of the Peoples Democratic Party leadership.
But, Odeyemi while reacting said he was optimistic that Atiku would defeat Buhari hands down in the South West and in other geo – political zones of the country.
Odeyemi in the telephone conversation said, “Governor Abiola Ajimobi, who is promising Buhari the votes of the South- West people, has just one vote and he knows that he is deceiving Buhari because he wants to get something. But they will be shocked after the election.
“What has been the contribution of Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo? What political influence did he have before he became the Vice President and even now?
“Has his political profile been upgraded in any way? Osinbajo is not a political giant to be afraid of and he has no string to pull in the South-West. Not even (Asiwaju Bola) Tinubu, their godfather, can sway the people of the South West to vote for Buhari.
“Atiku will shock them in the South West. The people of the South West are waiting for the election to send them (APC) out because of the hardship and suffering the APC governors in the South West states have inflicted on them.
“The maladministration of the APC in the states in the South West will not make people to vote for Buhari and the APC in the coming elections.”