- Governor El-Rufai has expressed optimism that President Buhari will win in 2019
- The governor of Kaduna said the nPDP will not affect the president's victory
- He said some northern states have supported the president before 2015
Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state has expressed optimism in President Muhammadu Buhari’s chances of winning the 2019 election, saying this will be done with or without the support of the nPDP.
The Nation reports that the Kaduna governor spoke after he met with the president on Tuesday, May 15.
Recall that the nPDP claimed that the Buhari's administration and the party leadership had neglected its members, despite their contributions to the APC’s success in the 2015 elections. In a letter, signed by former Osun state governor, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, the group gave the APC leadership seven days to invite them to a meeting on the issues they raised.
In reaction, Governor El-Rufai said: “I don’t agree and I want to go back to 2003. What are we talking about? Who are these new PDP people that are threatening? This is Kwara, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Rivers but I don’t think Amaechi is part of them.
“So let’s take these four states, go back to 2003 and check. Buhari then under ANPP won in all these four states. Go back to 2007, Buhari won in these four states. Even when Shakarau was running as a presidential candidate in 2011, Buhari defeated him in Kano.
“And, I have no doubt in my mind that even if the people threatening to leave, leave, it will have absolutely no impact on the presidential elections, the president will win Sokoto, Kwara and Adamawa easily. Kano is already in the bag, I mean if you saw the crowd that welcome the president without the former governor Kwanasho, Kano has always been the president’s base.
“To me that is not the issue, the issue is that they have written, they have expressed grievances, some of the grievances are legitimate and should be looked into. But to threaten to leave the party is neither here nor there.
“If they are honest with themselves they know that President Buhari will win those states with or without them. But if you have a grievance, we are a party and politics is a game of addition not subtraction, so we don’t want to loose anyone. So, I think those the letters were addressed to ought to study it and look into what is reasonably possible to accommodate them because politics as I said is a game of addition.”
Meanwhile, spokesman of the nPDP, Comrade Timi Frank, debunked certain claims made by a breakaway section of their group led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu (APC, Nasarawa).
Abdullahi had led another group of ex-PDP members in the APC on Monday, May 14, to the party secretariat, where he challenged the Baraje group to state where a meeting was held that mandated them to write the letter to the party leadership. According him, members of the nPDP had been taken care of in appointments by the APC-led federal government.
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Addressing journalists in Abuja today, Tuesday, May 15, on the claims by the Abdullahi group, Comrade Frank said there was no faction in the nPDP. He described the Abdullahi group as a group of irrelevant party chieftains who had no hand in the formation of the group in the first place.
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