Tinubu’s age not barrier, says APC chieftain
A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress, Mike Msuaan, has taken a swipe at the opposition parties and critics of the ruling party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, who see his age as a barrier. This is as he disclosed that the former Lagos State governor has no problem with the deployment of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System for the 2023 general election.
The politician made the statement when he met with scores of party stalwarts on Thursday in Abuja. Msuaan, who is the Director of National Youth Mobilisation (North Central) of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, urged them to borrow a leaf from the President of the United States, Joe Biden.
He said, “The US president is as old as Tinubu. It’s not about age. It’s about what you have upstairs. Tinubu has the experience better than all of them. “The right thing the president would do is to assemble the best hands for the country. He has been tested and trusted. He did it in Lagos and he is going to do it for Nigeria.”
Continuing, the PCC youths mobilisation director stated that he and his supporters had commenced a door-to-door campaign and perfect some strategies aimed at ensuring that Tinubu sweep at least 70 per cent of ballots in the North-Central geopolitical zone in 2023 elections. When asked if Tinubu was comfortable with the use of BVAS and electronic transmission of election results, the Msuaan stated that unlike the allegation making the rounds, the ruling party was not afraid.
He said, “Why should the APC be afraid of BVAS and electronic transfer of results when the youths are strongly behind us? Why should we be afraid? I told you that if election is conducted tomorrow we are going to win. “They are the ones running after us. We have already given them more than 30 per cent gap ahead. And by tomorrow, if elections were conducted, we would give them more than 50 per cent. We are very comfortable with the arrangement made by INEC.
He said, “We didn’t see Asiwaju contesting with Atiku and Peter Obi. These are people with questionable character. We know what Atiku did to this country. He threw the youths of the North-Central and this country to the street. “The privatisation exercise that he mishandled that drove the youths of this country to be jobless. Under Atiku as vice president, over $16 billion was invested (in electricity) and up to date, we are still in darkness. Is that the person that should rule us? Or are we talking of Peter Obi who have zero record in Anambra State?”
Northern Christians endorse Peter Obi, says Babachir Lawal
A former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal, has stated that the northern Christians are in support of the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Peter Obi. Lawal, who was speaking at an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today, which was monitored by our correspondent, said Obi had more chances of winning the election than the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu.
Asked why he chose to endorse the LP presidential candidate, the APC chieftain said a government by the duo of Peter Obi and Datti Baba-Ahmed would give Nigeria its desired peace. “We are politicians and realists. We want to support a political party that has the potential to win and rule; then address all the other dynamics in society, like marginalisation, insecurity, and inclusiveness.
“So, if you look at it, there are only four political parties that are worth our discussion, and we discussed with them. Kwankwaso is a good material for president, for example. We discussed with him, but we look at his tendency and chances of winning the election based on our parameters, it is very small. “We looked at Labour Party and we think the chances are very big. A government run by Peter Obi and Datti will give Nigeria the desired peace. In fact, it will wean us from this oligarch.
“We don’t need commitment (from Peter Obi). The issue is very simple; if you go to every single Christian village in Nigeria, they will tell you, there might be no other candidate for the other political parties, they’ll tell you we are doing (sic) Peter Obi. If you go to church, everybody is doing (sic) Peter Obi. “There are still some Christians who are hanging around the APC, of course; whatever is their reason, we don’t begrudge them. Some are in the PDP. Average Christian rank and file in the north, they are Labour Party.”
According to Lawal, chances were that the election would go to a run-off, rather than a first ballot win. He further stated that the APC was not on the ballot, owing primarily to its Muslim-Muslim ticket, which, he said, had antagonised the Christians, adding that ex-vice president Atiku Abubakar would clear northern votes.
“My thinking is that Bola (Tinubu) will not get 25% in Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Kano, Yobe, maybe Borno 25%, maybe. No Hausa-Fulani state, it goes nowhere. Now he has antagonised the Christians, so he loses. He will get the South-West because of affinity and ‘it’s our turn’ syndrome. Atiku will clear most of the northern states,” Lawal said.