2019: Buhari’ll Win Kano, Sokoto, Kwara, Adamawa Without nPDP – El-Rufai
Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari will win the 2019 presidential election in four states of Kwara, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, with or without members of the New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The nPDP, last Tuesday, gave President Buhari and the APC leadership a seven-day ultimatum to summon an emergency meeting to address their grievances.
The group, in a letter which was signed by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje and Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, on behalf of the group and addressed to the National Chairman of the party, said: “Despite their contribution to the success of the APC, their members have been relegated to the background in the scheme of things in the party and in the government.”
Speaking to State House Correspondents yesterday after a closed-door meeting with President Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, El-Rufai said it was wrong for the group to issue threats other than seeking peaceful ways of resolving any perceived grievances.
The governor noted that President Buhari, in the past, has won four of the states except Rivers.
He said: “Who are these nPDP people that are threatening? This is Kwara, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, and Rivers. But I don’t think Amaechi is part of them. So let’s take these four states, go back to 2003 and check. Buhari then under ANPP won in all these four states. Go back to 2007, Buhari won in these four states.
“Even when Ibrahim Shekarau was running as a presidential candidate in 2011, Buhari defeated him in Kano. And, I have no doubt in my mind that even if the people threatening to leave, leave, it will have absolutely no impact on the presidential elections; the president will win Sokoto, Kwara and Adamawa easily,” the governor said.
El-Rufai explained that Kano is already in the bag for President Buhari in 2019.
“I mean if you saw the crowd that welcomed the president without the former Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, Kano has always been the president’s base. To me, that is not the issue; the issue is that they have written, they have expressed grievances, some of the grievances are legitimate and should be looked into.
“But to threaten to leave the party is neither here nor there. If they are honest with themselves, they know that President Buhari will win those states with or without them. But if you have a grievance, we are a party and politics is a game of addition, not subtraction. So, we don’t want to lose anyone.
“So, I think the letter was written for the party leadership to study it and look into what is reasonably possible to accommodate them because politics, as I said, is a game of addition,” he said.
The governor also said that the recent use of electronic voting machines in the conduct of local government election in Kaduna was a feat that should be emulated by other states of the federation including the Federal Government.