– Babangida Aliyu has said that the PDP presidential candidate will win President Buhari in the 2019 election
– Aliyu added that Atiku will defeat President Buhari squarely should the election be free and fair
– He also said that the refusal of President Buhari to sign the Electoral Amendment Bill should not be allowed to create problem in the country
A former governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu, has assured that the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 election if there is no rigging.
Vanguard reports that Aliyu said Atiku would win the presidency if the 2019 election is free and fair.
Speaking at an interactive session with journalists in Kaduna, the former governor said: “Believe me, not only in my state, I believe that if the elections are free and fair, if there is no rigging, if the security agencies are not used against our party, we will make it. We will win.”
He said: “Atiku will defeat Buhari squarely.”
Aliyu also said that the refusal of President Buhari to sign the Electoral Amendment Bill should not be allowed to create problem in the country.
He further appealed to the president to reconsider and assent to the bill.
“If the national assembly feels very strongly, they should be able to over-ride the veto.
“But if it will create problems for the moment, we can wait. I understand that some of the conditions the president gave was that the electoral act could start with the next election and not this particular one.
But I think that we need to be careful under his watch, to make sure that we don’t have any problem with the 2019 elections.
“In 2015, we understand what happened and everybody rallied round, even though the difference in the votes was not much, given the population of voters in the country.
“But if the Electoral Act Amendment Bill is not signed by the president and not over ridden by the national assembly, then it means we will use the old law and we will have no basis for asking anybody whether card reader has been used or not.
“We appeal to the president either to reconsider his position or appeal to the national assembly to look at it again,” Aliyu said.
Meanwhile, naijweb.ng previously reported that fact that President Buhari has failed to constitute his campaign council or developed a clear-cut campaign blueprint, 61 days to the February presidential election, is an indication that he is not preparing to stand elections.
According to the PDP, Buhari and his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) have failed to set up a campaign structure, “because they are banking on their plots with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), under Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, to manipulate the electoral process and rig for them.”
This was contained in a statement sent to Naijweb.ng on Sunday, December 16 by the national publicity secretary of the party, Kola Ologbodiyan.