2023: Despite Stiff Opposition, Benue Will Deliver Over 1 Million Votes to Atiku," Top Chieftain Boasts
- The members of the Benue Voters in Diaspora have assured Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party of one million votes
- The BVD said they will deliver such a huge number of votes to the PDP despite the rift between Atiku and members of the G-5 governors to which Samuel Ortom of Benue state is part of
- According to the voters, there is a high level of love and acceptability among residents of the state in favour of Atiku
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The coordinator of the Benue Voters in Diaspora (BVD), Bright Ogaji, has predicted the presidential candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar to emerge winner at the February 25 election across the country.
The PDP presidential candidate and the former vice president held his campaign rally in Makurdi, the state capital Monday, February 6, evening, after a series of postponements.
Although these were not unconnected to the rift between the state governor, Samuel Ortom and the national leadership of the party, with Benue-born Senator Iyorchia Ayu as the national chairman and Atiku as the party's flag bearer, the BVD said its members are not discouraged in their support for Atiku.
Ortom is a critical figure amongst the G-5 Governors of PDP who are disgruntled with the national leadership of the party.
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A press statement signed by Ogaji, who was a Benue South Senatorial aspirant in the May 2022 primaries of the party, said that contrary to opinions from some quarters, Atiku would poll over one million votes from Benue State.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has confirmed the total number of registered voters in Benue State to be 2.7 million.
According to Chief Ogaji, the turnout at Atiku's rally in Makurdi and the level of "mobilization" by various PDP stakeholders both at home and in the diaspora, is a testament that the PDP's candidate would sweep Benue at the poll.
"I have seen the level of love and acceptability from the people. With what I saw yesterday at the rally, Atiku is the man to beat and nothing would stop Benue people from giving him over a million votes.
"I know it's very difficult to believe, owing to what people have been saying and hearing about Benue, but the power lies with the voters. You can see from the massive turnout today and I kid you not, we the registered voters in the diaspora are also mobilizing our people at home to give their support to Atiku Abubakar. He is the best for now.
"Some of our members who registered in Lagos, Abuja and other areas of resident before leaving Nigeria, have already transferred their voting power to Benue.
"For some of us, we registered right here in Benue and our PVCs are in thousands, we shall speak with one voice, come 25th February, 2023 and return Atiku as our next President. Benue has always been delivering for PDP and this time around, it's going to be massive, unprecedented."
The US-based philanthropist and former chairman, Oju Local Government Council, added that "unlike in 2019, when PDP's Atiku polled 355,355 against the APC’s 347,668; the people of Benue would give the PDP's candidate landslide votes, over one million votes is guaranteed for him".
To make it a reality, Ogaji said all members of BVD from various countries would be arriving in Nigeria and Benue State in the coming days, for what he described as aggressive grassroots mobilization for Atiku and PDP.
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Meanwhile, a recent report on the 2023 presidential election in Nigeria has predicted that Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will win at the February polls.
The Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research in its report released on February 1, highlighted the possibility of a rerun from the presidential polls.
With the APC's Tinubu, Peter Obi of the Labour Party and Atiku Abubakar of the Labour Party recognised as the top candidates in the race, Fitch said the institute anticipates domestic insecurity following the outcome of the elections.