- A human rights advocate, Kayode Ajulo, has said he is confident southeast will vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the next elections
- Ajulo said all political parties have been working together for Buhari, except the PDP
- The lawyer condemned the support Atiku Abubakar received from a section of Afenifere group
Kayode Ajulo, a human rights lawyer, has expressed optimism that the people of southeast region will vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 polls.
Ajulo gave the assertion in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Monday, February 4, in Abuja.
“There will be very big tsunami in the southeast come February 16," he said. He noted that since the commissioning of dedicated power station for Ariara market, it was like a veil was lifted off the eyes of the people of Aba in Abia state.
“Go into Ariara market now and sample their opinions on Buhari, you will find out that the noise on Facebook is different from the reality. Imo, all the major parties, apart from the PDP, are working for Buhari to win, quote me.
“APC, AA, ACCORD, APGA all of them are vehemently working for Buhari and Ebonyi is not an exception,’’ he said.
Ajulo said that Governor David Umeh of Ebonyi state had been a friend of the president, adding that he personally welcomed Buhari to his state during the APC campaign and provided vehicles to convey the people.
He said that even the deputy Senate president, Ike Ekweremadu, was not averse to Buhari doing well in Enugu state as long as he came back to the Senate. He said that these scenarios were pointers to the fact that the southeast would vote massively for APC.
The lawyer criticised a section of Afenifere, led by Pa Ayo Adebanjo for endorsing Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, stressing that their views did not represent that of the genuine faction of the group.
He said that the absence of Pa Reuben Fasoranti, the Afenifere leader, in the endorsement suggested it was a charade.
He said: “My worry is some Afenifere coming to endorse Atiku, some Afenifere also came out in Ibadan on January 29 to endorse President Buhari and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo."
"The question now is where is Pa Fasoranti? I know Afenifere has been polarised, but why is it that it is Adebanjo that will be running around to endorse a candidate for Afenifere?
"I am a Yoruba man and I am a member of Afenifere, Pa Fasoranti is a known leader of Afenifere.’’
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Meanwhile Legit.ng earlier reported that Atiku, on Sunday, February 3, said that the gesture of massive support he received moved him to tears.
He said that the endorsement by Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Afenifere, Pan Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF), Ohanaeze Ndigbo, northern leaders and stakeholders assembly and the Middle Belt Forum is a loud statement that there is hope for Nigeria as general polls approach.
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