- Eurasia Group's prediction on the forthcoming general elections has been rejected by the PDP and APC
- The group had named Nigeria's elections as one of the world's “Top Risks 2019” and also predicted that the election between President Buhari and Atiku would be inconclusive
- Both the APC and the PDP described the report as a hatchet job
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have rejected Eurasia Group's prediction on the 2019 presidential election.
The New York-based organisation had predicted that the election between President Muhammadu Buhari of the APC and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of PDP would be inconclusive.
The global advisory firm had also named Nigeria's forthcoming general elections as one of the world's “Top Risks 2019.”
Other issues or countries listed in the report are the US-China trade war, US domestic politics, European populism, Mexico, Ukraine and Brexit.
Interestingly, both APC and PDP dismissed the report as a hatchet job with their spokesmen accusing each other as its sponsor.
The spokesman of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo, said in as much as the report hinged its conclusion on perceived ill-health of Buhari; it would lack merit if it failed to attach a report of the president’s state of health duly authenticated by an appropriate medical board.
“If they did not get a report from a doctor, it destroys the credibility of their report,” he told This Day.
He then accused the PDP of being behind the report, saying the opposition are trying to paint the president and the ruling party in bad light.
“We are aware that the PDP, as an organisation, has paid all kinds of funny and phony groups in the US to be publishing all manners of discredited reports, trying to paint the president and the ruling party in bad light.
“We have investigated and found this to be true and Nigerians would be shocked when we bring out the details about the relationship between the leadership of the PDP and these compromised groups in the US," Keyamo said.
In his response, the director of media and publicity of the PDP presidential campaign council, Kola Ologbondiyan, described the report as antics of the APC to discredit Atiku.
Ologbondiyan said the PDP campaign would not be distracted by the campaign of calumny by the APC against Atiku.
“Nigerians have seen that more than three years of Buhari did not fight corruption; did not secure Nigeria; and did not revive the economy. Rather, if anything, it has made life worse for the average Nigerian, who has been ravaged by excruciating hunger,” he said.
Meanwhile, the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed says the PDP’s reactions to appointment of Amina Zakari as head of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) collation centre committee is “a sheer hysteria and excuse for the party’s impending defeat.’’
The minister who stated this at an interactive session with select journalists on Tuesday, January 8, in Abuja, stressed that the PDP’s reaction resulted from “a pathological fear of impending political doom.’’
Mohammed also said that the opposition party’s reactions to alleged tenure elongation of the Inspector-General of Police Ibrahim Idris by President Muhammadu Buhari is a “grabbing at any floating object, even straw, by a drowning man.’’
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