I Won’t Lose Kano, Katsina, Four Northern States, Tinubu Hopeful Of Bloc Votes

L-R: Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu; APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu; with his running mate, Kashim Shettima at a rally in Lagos State on Saturday, November 26, 2022

 

Amid permutations ahead of the 2023 general elections, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu is banking on his alliance with some outgoing northern governors to get votes in the region.

At the Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos State on Saturday during a rally, Tinubu boasted that his alliance with the governors of Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kwara, and Plateau will deliver for him the bulk of the votes he needs to outsmart his main opponents including Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP), and Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP).

Tinubu’s statement comes five months after about 10 northern governors backed his candidacy at a keenly contested primary in June.

“Can you see the governors of Kano, Katsina, Kaduna, Kebbi, Kwara, and Plateau?” Tinubu asked a crowd of APC supporters decked up in party paraphernalia on Saturday.

“We won’t lose any of the states. We will govern this country together. They are here in Lagos to show their support for me,” he added in Yoruba.

 

 

The governor of Lagos from 1999 to 2007 also urged the party’s supporters to get their Permanent Voters Cards (PVCs) and vote for him at the February polls.

In attendance at the rally include APC National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila; Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu and his deputy, Obafemi Hamzat; amongst other APC stalwarts.

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Quest For Northern Votes

Historically, since Nigeria’s return to democracy in 1999, the northern region of the country had the highest voter turnout at presidential elections and the top contenders for Aso Rock’s top job in 2023 have since pitched their tents to win over most of the 19 states in the region.

 

Obi, Tinubu, Atiku and Kwankwaso

 

For instance, Kano had over 1.8 million cumulative votes – the highest by any state in the 2019 presidential election. The state has witnessed some of the highest defections amongst PDP, NNPP and APC of late. Kano is home to Governor Abdullahi Ganduje, a Tinubu ally; Ibrahim Shekarau, an Atiku supporter; as well as Kwankwaso, who relies on his base and socio-political movement, Kwankwasiyya to get votes in the north.

Also during the 2019 presidential election, Kastina and Kaduna polled 1.5 million separate votes, Plateau with over 1 million votes, Kebbi with a total of 650,000 votes, and Kwara with a paltry over 400,000 total votes – all mainly shared between the APC’s Muhammadu Buhari and PDP’s Atiku Abubakar. Other states with heavy numerical voter strength based on past elections include Jigawa, and Bauchi, amongst others.

At the last election, Kastina-born Buhari won 19 states, many of which were northern APC states while Adamawa-born Atiku won 18 states – with a total of 15 million to 11 million votes respectively.

According to Section 34 of the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) Regulations and Guidelines for the conduct of elections, a presidential candidate can only be announced as the winner if he or she “has the majority of votes cast at the election; and has not less than one-quarter of the votes cast at the election in at least two-thirds of all the States in the Federation and the Federal Capital Territory, Abuja.” This means that a candidate must get 25% of votes in 24 states across the Federation to win a presidential election.

At the moment, APC controls 21 states with the exclusion of Osun which will become a PDP state on Sunday, November 27, 2022, when Ademola Adeleke is sworn in. Similarly, PDP controls 13 states as of press time while the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) controls Anambra State.

However, Tinubu is confronted with a major hurdle due to his choice of Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno State, and fellow Muslim as running mate, a development that has been rejected by Christian groups and leaders.

Also, there are fears that the intra-party squabbles between the G5 led by Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State and Atiku over the chairmanship of Iyorchia Ayu would affect the chances of the PDP presidential candidate at the polls next February. A former national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole recently said the neutrality of the G5 is good for Tinubu’s chances.

On the other hand, Tinubu faces a new challenger in the game – Obi – a new bride and darling of many Nigerian youths who are tired of the two dominant parties – the PDP and the APC.

Obi and his running mate, Datti Baba-Ahmed, have vowed to push out the APC from Aso Rock. “Whoever thinks that Labour Party or Obi-dient movement or Peter Obi as an individual is not being welcomed in the north, they are making a huge mistake,” Baba-Ahmed had said.

Although at least three polls have put Obi ahead of other candidates, only time will unveil the winner of the February 25, 2023, presidential election.

Ganduje Challenges Kwankwaso To Match Pro-Tinubu Rally In Kano

Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State appeared on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, November 21, 2022.

 

Governor of Kano State Abdullahi Ganduje, on Monday, invited his predecessor and presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso to hold a rally in the state to test his popularity.

Speaking during a live appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today, Ganduje, an All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, defended the large turnout of supporters for his party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu in the state earlier in the day.

“Kwankwaso is a presidential candidate, there is no doubt about that. But equally, we are on the ground and many of his people are now in our political party,” he said.

“So, if Kwankwaso thinks that he can win the party, let him hold a march like this and compare what will happen if he can do so.”

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Commenting on the possibility of his party losing ground to another of his predecessors turned political rivals, Ibrahim Shekarau, Ganduje questioned the political relevancy of the former Minister of Education over his switching allegiance.

“Pertaining to Shekarau, we won our election without Shekarau. Later, we invited him into our party and he decided to leave the party to Kwankwaso’s party.

“Later on, he left that party to Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where he was originally. So, you can see that these are nomads in politics. You expect that people who run from one party to another will lose followers.

“Once you change your political party, you cannot carry everybody to where you want to go. You will leave some followers. He left a majority of his followers in APC and then he left others in NNPP. He then left many there. Where he is now, well, we will live to see,” he said.

‘Ado-Doguwa’s Grievance Resolved’

Ganduje also addressed issues raised by the Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa earlier this month.

Ado-Doguwa claimed that though Ganduje had governed the state well, those he handed the party affairs to in the state were discriminating against loyal party members, forcing them to defect from the party.

But the governor told Channels Television that the lawmaker’s complaints had been put to bed.

“Having internal wranglings in a party is not new. Honourable Alhassan Ado-Doguwa and our former commissioner for local government, who is now the deputy gubernatorial candidate, had a misunderstanding.

“But we sat down under my chairmanship and everything is put in order now. Even today, they were together; they even took pictures together and issued a press release together. So, everything is normal within our party,” he said.

Katsina NNPP Guber Candidate Promises Free Education, Tackle Insecurity

Engineer Muhammad Nura Khalil
A file photo of Engineer Muhammad Nura Khalil

 

The Katsina State candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Engr. Mohammed Nura Khalil, has promised to deliver climate change projects, ensure the protection of lives and property as well as qualitative free education if elected.

The existing solar power project in the state, he said, has the capacity to produce at least 6,000 megawatts which if generated will be supplied not only to Katsina but also to some neighboring countries.

He said that investors from Canada and Europe have already indicated interest to come and invest in the state under this particular project.

Khalil was speaking on Sunday in an interactive session with local government party officials drawn from the 34 LGAs of the state as part of efforts to strategize for the forthcoming 2023 general elections.

He described the situation as bankruptcy and attributed it to “mismanagement of resources and misplacement of priorities” by the current state administration.

The NNPP candidate, therefore, pledged to bring investors to partake in various endeavors that will provide new avenues for the state’s internally generated revenue.

Khalil while addressing the gathering earlier in a local language, described PDP and APC as birds of the same feathers urging Nigerians to try NNPP this time around to rescue and restore the country’s lost glory.

A cross section of the participants.

 

“Katsina had never come across worse leadership than this with the government artificially creating hardship for the masses.

“As a civil engineer and development specialist, I have a lot to offer to the state in the aspects of security, education, health, agricultural sector, road, and transportation sector, and other economic activities.

“I choose to buy for the office of Katsina State governor to contribute my quota as an indigene of the State. This is because our state is typically bankrupt due to mismanagement of resources by the current state administration and various loans taken by the government to execute projects that cannot pay back those monies.

“We have a role to play by bringing investors to partake in various endeavors that will provide new avenues for the state internally. generated revenue,” he added.

In the meantime, the deputy governorship candidate of the NNPP in the state, Dr. Muttaqa Rabe Darma, appealed to the party’s teeming supporters never to take arms or law-prohibited items while canvassing support from the electorates.

He said the party has competent and qualified candidates at all levels and that their good characters will speak for them.

“None of the political parties in the country has the caliber of our candidates. Our governorship candidate, Engineer Nura Khalil, and our presidential candidate, Engineer Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso have people in their minds, the same thing happens to all our candidates across the country,” he noted.

 

Earlier in his address at the occasion, the Chairman of the State chapter of the party, Sani Liti Yan-Kwani, impressed with the turnout of the party officials in answering the party’s call, encouraged members and supporters not to retreat or surrender in the journey to rescue the state.

Kano APC: There Is Fire On The Mountain, Says Ado-Doguwa

Alhassan Ado-Doguwa at a media chat on Friday, November 4, 2022

 

Majority Leader of the House of Representatives, Alhassan Ado-Doguwa says there is fire on the mountain in the All Progressives Congress family in Kano State.

He said the APC in the state has been going through silent crises, and this would affect the party in the 2023 elections.

The lawmaker, who spoke to journalists at the National Assembly on Friday, said he is optimistic that APC presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu will build on the gains of President Muhammadu Buhari.

 

 

“It is my hope and it is also the hope of the APC people in Nigeria that Bola (Tinubu) can be able to discharge his duties; that Bola can be able to consolidate the gains earlier laid down by President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.

However, Ado-Doguwa said though Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has governed the state well administratively, those he handed the party affairs to in the state witch-hunt loyal party members which forced them to defect from the party.

Ado-Doguwa, who represents Doguwa/Tudun Wada Federal Constituency in Kano, insisted that he has no rift with the governor as is rumoured in the public space.

“Time has come when I should sincerely come out as a peaceful member of my party and discharge my responsibility,” the lawmaker said.

“I want to say today without any fear of contraction; without any fear of intimidation; without any fear of any quarter or any authority anywhere that there is fire on the mountain as far as the APC is concerned in Kano State. Fire on the mountain – I repeat, there is fire on the mountain.

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“This is the right time to say it because we have been going through silent crisis, especially in the area of party administration and politicking with a lot of intrigues and exclusion of members.

“Management and administration of the party is being done exclusively by a few members of the party who are by all standing are not supposed to handle what they are handling in the APC. I want to say for the purpose of clarification that I am talking about party politics in Kano; in our party, the APC,” he added.

Kano, with over 1.8 million votes – the highest number of voters in the 2019 presidential election, has recently witnessed mass defections between the APC, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) amid intense permutations for the 2023 general elections.

Labour Party Still In Talks With Kwankwaso, Others For Alliance – Okupe

A photo combination of Rabiu Kwankwaso and Peter Obi.

 

The Director General of the Labour Party (LP) Presidential Campaign Council Doyin Okupe says the party is still in talks with the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) Rabiu Kwankwaso and others with a view to forming an alliance. 

Earlier in the year, there were reports that Kwankwaso and the presidential candidate of the Labour Party Peter Obi were in talks for a possible alliance. The move, did not, however, materialise.

But Okupe said despite that, the LP is still looking to form an alliance with Kwankwaso and other parties.

“As a party, at our own campaign level, we are talking to SDP; we are talking to even Kwankwaso and his team again. We are talking to PRP and ADC,” he said on Channels Television’s Hard Copy, a prerecorded show aired on Friday.

“I believe and I trust that God will help us that between now and December, we would bring together that alignment politically in the country and the country would be better for it.”

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‘Carrying Everybody Along’

According to him, the move is to ensure that “whoever wins is not just winning on a sole effort; we are winning with the cooperation of many of as many groups as possible”.

He also dismissed criticisms over Obi’s visits to some power brokers in the country, saying it was meant solely for “carrying everybody along” in the scheme of things.

“Somebody won an election in this country, he did not rule. He was loved by Nigerians but some stakeholders stopped that. We have to avoid that by carrying everybody along, “Okupe added.

“Even if they don’t agree with us initially, let them not oppose us;  let them not see us as enemies. We are not enemies of anybody, a group, or any part of the country. We are just a sect of people who mean well for the country…”

Kwankwaso Won’t Collapse His Campaign For Anybody – Spokesperson

Ladipo Johnson, the spokesperson of the presidential campaign of Rabiu Kwankwaso has declared the former Kano State governor is not ready to step down for anybody.

He made the comment on Channels Television Sunrise Daily on Wednesday amid speculations that the New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) standard bearer will collapse his campaign for another person.

“No merger talks, well it’s too late for mergers but there is no talk of collapsing the campaign, his campaign, or the NNPP campaign at any level at the moment with any of the party or any of the candidate, that is not on the card yet,” he said on the show.

“What I mean when I say not yet is that we are going all the way to February 25 next year.

“As I said, we are focused on the elections. If you have the elections and as people are realising or postulating, there might be a situation for the first time where you do not have an outright winner, then you all have to talk to each other.

“So, no one takes that off the table, but as it were for the first game, to use a football term, Senator Kwankwaso is contesting, we are going all the way, that I can tell you,” Johnson added.

A file photo of the NNPP presidential flagbearer Rabiu Kwankwaso. [email protected]

 

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He accused those who keep saying that Kwankwaso will collapse his structure for other candidates of being mischievous.

“I can tell you for certain that these rumours started months ago, so it’s not out of what they see now, it is out of mischief and we have treated this several times, and I keep saying that he has no reason to want to step down for any of the other candidates. But we will listen to any of them who think they want to work with us not us working with them.”

When asked about his thoughts on postulations that the election is a three-horse race rather than four which rules out his party, Johnson blamed it on the press.

“I can easily tell you why that happened, a lot of the press are situated down here in the southern part of the country. I don’t want to say just Lagos, and I have told a lot of my friends in the press that you can’t call elections in Nigeria without knowing what is going on elsewhere in the core north. We have made that mistake many, many times.

“In the activities that I said we have been involved in for the past two to three months, Senator Kwankwaso is going around. I must admit that for one reason or the other, it was mostly an in-house thing, so except for pictures and videos that appeared via social media from members recording and whatever, we didn’t officially invite the press there.

“So, I say that is one of the reasons why there might be views being postulated in that direction. I assure you that once things kick off next week, and you begin to see the activities, then you will realise the groundswell of support that he has around the country.”

The NNPP campaign spokesperson also shed some light on why Kwankwaso failed to honour the invitation of the Northern Elders Forum for a recent event that it organised for presidential candidates.

“He rejected the Northern Elders’ invitation because he believes he has good reason to believe some of the people involved were supporters of one of the presidential candidates and he has had his fingers burnt before in 2019 by some of those individuals. So, he immediately said, no I’m sorry I will not be attending that. Not as a slight to the people of the North or the other organisers,” Johnson explained.

Flooding: Suspend Campaigns, Peter Obi Tells Tinubu, Atiku, Others 


 

The presidential candidate of Labour Party, Peter Obi, has called on his counterparts in other parties to suspend their campaigns and join him to help victims of floods across states of the federation.

Obi made the call on Wednesday while addressing journalists after his visit to Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State at his Abuja private residence where he had gone to discuss modalities on his planned visit to flood sites in Benue and other states.

The former Anambra State governor is in the 2023 race for Aso Rock’s top job alongside Bola Tinubu of the All Progressives Congress, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party, amongst others.

Obi said he expected other presidential candidates to show concerns to the plight of victims of flooding, considering how millions were spent on nomination forms alone.

Floods have hit parts of Nigeria in the last two months with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) saying that about 2.5 million persons were affected and over 603 persons killed by the flooding caused by torrential rainfall of late.

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Houses and farmlands have been submerged in Lagos, Yobe, Borno, Taraba, Adamawa, Edo, Delta, Kogi, Niger, Plateau, Benue, Ebonyi, Anambra, Bauchi, Gombe, Kano, Jigawa, Zamfara, Kebbi, Sokoto, Imo, Abia States, and the Federal Capital Territory.

 

Reacts To El-Rufai’s Allegations

 

Similarly, Obi reacted to the allegations by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State that he detained him in Anambra while he served as governor, pointing out that he had no such powers.

Obi said he was confined to his local government during the said election and urged El-Rufai to put the incident behind himself.

 

 

The former Anambra governor vowed to fix Nigeria’s challenges if he wins next year’s poll and becomes the country’s President.

On his part, Ortom encouraged Nigerians to go into the 2023 general elections with the mindset of electing the best presidential candidate among the top hopefuls.

According to Ortom, Nigeria currently runs on oxygen and would need a hands-on and detribalised leader to restore hope, development and progress.

Crowd As Kwankwaso Opens NNPP’s Campaign Office In Lagos

NNPP’s Rabiu Kwankwaso on Wednesday in Lagos. Credit: Facebook/Abdulmumin Jibrin

 

The Presidential Candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party, Rabiu Kwankwaso, on Wednesday, commissioned the campaign office of the party in the Ikorodu area of Lagos State.

The Kano-based politician was surrounded by hundreds of his supporters who are based in Lagos, the nation’s commercial capital.

Kwankwaso was said to have welcomed some defectors from other political parties to the NNPP in Lagos.

A chieftain of the party, Abdulmumin Jibrin, in a Facebook post said, “The NNPP presidential candidate, Sen Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso PhD, FNSE today (12th October, 2022) commissioned NNPP office in Ikorodu Road, Lagos State.

“The commissioning ceremony witnessed large turnout of party supporters including new decampees from other parties.”

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The former governor of Kano State had in the past contested the presidential primaries of the All Progressives Congress and the Peoples Democratic Party but was unable to clinch the ticket.

He is, however, in the 2023 race for Aso Rock’s top job alongside other frontline candidates such as APC’s Bola Tinubu, PDP’s Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi of the Labour Party.

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Kwankwaso Vows To Restore Nigeria’s Glory If Elected President

 

The presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Rabiu Kwankwaso has pledged to restore the country’s glory if elected next year. 

Kwankwaso said this on Sunday shortly after holding a closed-door meeting with NNPP stalwarts in Jalingo, Taraba State where he also commissioned the party’s offices.

He says he has the capacity to reposition Nigeria economically and restore security and infrastructure in the country. This, he said, pushed him to join the presidential race.

“Well, you see, our strategy normally is to allow people to continue to underrate us. Our politics is underground, not in the air. People could see and touch our supporters and these are committed supporters,” the former Kano State governor added.

“People who very much believe in our ideology; believe if we are given the opportunity, we are in a position to change many things for the better, and therefore, they also believe that if we get the position, the country will be a better place. That is why you see so many people everywhere in the country showing solidarity for our candidature.”

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According to him, some months back, many persons doubted the party’s chances going into next year’s general elections. He, however, said the situation is now different.

“Seven months ago when we decided to join this party, many people thought we were not going anywhere,” Kwankwaso noted. “But by the grace of God, today in this country, everybody knows us.”

The NNPP flagbearer admitted that while he campaigned for President Muhammadu Buhari, he is unhappy with the level of joblessness among youths some of whom have now taken to drug abuse and banditry.

For Kwankwaso, if these issues are not addressed, it could lead to anarchy in the country.

He also promised to run an all-inclusive government if he wins next year’s presidential election.

 

2023: Southern Kaduna Christian Leaders Set Agenda For Gov Candidates

A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria's North-Central region.
A map showing Kaduna, a state in Nigeria’s north-west region.

 

 

Ahead of the 2023 general elections, over 1,000 Christian leaders in Southern Kaduna have met with governorship candidates of political parties in the state, where they unfolded their agenda and campaign manifestoes on how to govern the state if elected into office.

During the meeting held in Kafanchan, Jema’a Local Government Area, the issue of insecurity, economy and unity dominated the discussions, with candidates of the All Progressives Congress, New Nigerian People’s Party and Labour Party, promising to address the socio-economic challenges confronting the state.

The 2023 general elections is just about five months away but the political environment is getting charged by the day, with political parties and their candidates making frantic efforts to sell their agenda to the people, even as the official campaign start date of September 28 draws close.

The meeting which is tagged, ‘Southern Kaduna Pastors’ Congress’, has in attendance governorship candidates of the APC, Uba Sani; the Labour Party, Jonathan Asake; NNPP, Suleiman Hunkuyi; Action Alliance, Timothy Adamu; and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Andrew Duya.

The convener of the meeting, Emmanuel Kure, highlighted the aim of the gathering with a focus on security, economy and unity.

With the agenda for the meeting known, the candidates took turns to unfold their agenda and explain to the clergymen what they intend to do for the people of Southern Kaduna.

Besides this interactive session, the Christian leaders said the engagements will continue, with the hope of selecting three candidates out of the contestants, who will then be presented to the group to pray and choose from as their preferred candidate in the 2023 general elections.

NNPP Members Rob Minds With Former Katsina SSG To Move State Forward

The NNPP members during the meeting.

 

Top ranking members of the Katsina State chapter of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) on Wednesday robed minds with the immediate former Secretary to the State Government, Dr Mustapha Muhammad, at his campaign office in the state capital.

The team in a closed-door meeting on Wednesday, which is coming less than a week before the commencement of 2023 electioneering campaigns, discussed Katsina and the way forward for Katsina as a state and its people.

After the closed doors, the team led by the gubernatorial candidate of the NNPP, Engr Muhammad Nura Khalil, his running mate, Dr Muttaka Rabe Darma as well as the state NNPP Chairman, Hon. Sani Liti among others discussed several areas that require urgent attention by whichever administration succeeds the Governor Aminu Masari-led administration.

According to the gubernatorial candidate of the NNPP, Engr Muhammad Nura Khalil, the aim was to ensure that the state is moved forward and be put in the pedestrian that other states will try to enact whatever the team intends to do for the betterment of people in the state.

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Khalil further described Inuwa as the most valuable, dependable, and promising politician amongst his peers in the state.

“We are here to visit our elder in all respect politically, administratively and all other areas of human endeavors to discuss Katsina and the way forward for Katsina as a state and its people,” he said.

On his part, the former Secretary to the Katsina State Government and former governorship aspirant under the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Dr. Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa acknowledged the visit and the honor done to him by the team.

He described their visit as something that all should appreciate in which people with different political leanings and understanding come together and discuss a common problem.

He believed that if leaders can bury their differences and come together, the followers will definitely take it up hence politicians and their supporters will continue to have peace and political development, particularly during the electioneering campaigns and elections.

“Meetings of this nature will go a long way in ensuring peaceful conduct of elections.

“You can not doubt the exposure, capacity, and qualifications of this team and their wealth of experience in governance is another aspect that one can’t play with.

“So we pledged to continue to discuss and see what is the best for the State,” he added.

It could be recalled that Dr. Mustapha Muhammad Inuwa lost the APC gubernatorial primary to Dr. Dikko Umaru Radda among the other seven aspirants who contested for the Katsina State governorship seat for the 2023 general elections.

PDP, NNPP, APC Knock Anap Poll Which Gave Obi Lead In Presidential Race 

The parties say the poll is flawed.

 

 

Major political parties have kicked against the NOI poll which gave the presidential candidate of the Labour Party (LP) Peter Obi the lead in next year’s election.

The NOI poll, commissioned by the Anap Foundation and released on Thursday, showed that the former Anambra governor is leading the race with 21 percent of the votes.

It described the presidential contest as a three-horse race and gave Obi an eight percent lead over the All Progressives Congress (APC)’s candidate Bola Tinubu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)’s Atiku Abubakar who each got 13 percent of the votes to end up as joint second in the poll. The presidential candidate of the Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) Rabiu Kwankwaso was fourth with three percent of the votes.

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Bots, Not Humans

The PDP emblem.

 

But the APC, PDP, and NNPP have in separate reactions to the poll, dismissed it, saying it does not reflect the realities on the ground.

During his appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Thursday, the spokesperson of the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign Daniel Bwala, questioned the techniques deployed for the exercise, claiming Obi is basking in the euphoria of hallucination.

Bwala argued that a “normal poll that will attract credibility will be a poll that will clearly release the sample size and the margin of error as the report is being released because the sample size and the margin of error will help in identifying whether the polling was actually carried out correctly or not.

“Then, you can further ask for the sampling. Was it done through a phone call? If it was done through a phone call, then the people who did not have phones were probably not part of the polling.

“You also go to the extent of demographics and the place where the polling was carried out. I know they said it was a random sampling. But then, because of the result, I’m tempted to believe that this polling was carried out online because Peter Obi has a number of people who are very active for him online much more than the other candidates.

“I will tell you why: There was an algorithm search and data analytics that was carried out that came up with the finding that 57.5 percent of people who follow Peter Obi and engage with him on social media do not live in Nigeria. In fact, majority of whom are bots on Twitter — they are not real human beings.”

He said: “If you take away 57.5 percent of people who are active for him, who probably live abroad and they don’t have voter cards and they are likely not to come to vote, what it means is that Peter Obi is basking in the euphoria of hallucination, and this polling is a true reflection.”

‘Biased Polling’ 

Senator Kashim Shettima was officially presented as the APC vice-presidential candidate in Abuja on July 20, 2022.

 

For the APC, the most recent Anap poll is not a reflection of the Nigerian reality as it accused the organisers of using “dubious” statistics to “package” Obi to voters.

The statement by the Director, Media, and Publicity of the APC Presidential Campaign Council Bayo Onanuga accused the NOI of turning its “political bias in an election period to fraudulent statistics”.

“The NOI has chosen the preferred candidate and has decided to use fake, dubious statistics to package him to the Nigerian voters,” Onanuga said in the statement.

“We know, as a matter of fact, the owners of NOI and where their political interest lies and wish to advise NOI to stop polluting the political system with irresponsible, unscientific, and biased polling so that we don’t expose the puppeteers pulling its strings.”

‘We are Not Hurt’

Buhari Will Win 2019 Presidential Election, Says Jibrin
Dr Abdulmumin Jibrin.

 

Aside from the APC, the NNPP also claimed that it is not disturbed by the poll, saying several similar exercises from the same organisation have failed in their projections.

“We are not hurt in any way. Absolutely, we are not hurt.  In fact, I was contemplating not coming to this programme because coming here means we have made the people who promoted the poll achieve what they want to achieve,” the spokesperson of the NNPP Abdulmumin Jibrin said on Politics Today.  “All they want to do is to create a public conversation so that we continue to talk about it; creating the image as if Obi is very much ahead.”

Jibrin accused Obi and the Labour Party of dividing the country, saying the former governor will only get votes in the southeast where he hails from.

“The only place Obi will demystify structure is in the southeastern part of the country. That is where whether he has a structure or no structure, he will make an impression because their party and its candidate are divisive elements. All they do is to divide Nigerians,” he maintained.

‘A New Order’

A file photo of Peter Obi’s supporters during a rally in Enugu on September 10th, 2022. [email protected]

 

However, the LP says the poll shows Nigerians are ready for a new order of governance.

“It shows that Nigerians have come to terms with our reality that there has to be a change and a new order from the old because it is very obvious they are languishing in abject poverty,” the party’s spokesman Abayomi Arabambi said.

“There are no jobs for Nigerians. Schools are under lock and key due to executive rascality and malfeasance of the present administration.”