The senator representing Borno south, Senator Ali Ndume, has said that the 2019 election will be a walkover for President Muhammadu Buhari.
According to him, Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is not a threat to President Buhari’s chances of getting reelected.
Senator Ndume said this while speaking at a News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) forum on Monday, November 19, 2018 in Abuja. The senator said that:
“Next election is a walk-over with Atiku. We were anxious when PDP was to organise their primaries but when Atiku emerged, we were glad for so many reasons.
“Atiku was our Vice President for eight years and he was one of the most powerful vice presidents we ever had and we know what he did. He was under former President Obasanjo and in his book ‘Under My Watch’, he voluntarily described who the presidential candidate is.
“We all know where we were and where we are now. Had it been they are presenting a new person, someone that Nigerians do not know, that may have been a threat but with Atiku, no way.
“We have to vote for him (Buhari) because we know where we were with the government of PDP in my state, including my local government, my town and even my house were taken over by Boko Haram.
“It was the government of President Muhammadu Buhari that salvaged the situation and now my people are back to our local government. Atiku was the vice president and one of the richest Nigerians ever, but I cannot remember Atiku taking even a bag of rice to our people that are suffering in Borno and he wants to be our president”.
He said that the PDP is not new to Nigerians, saying the opposition party was rejected four years ago.
The senator allayed fears that the 2019 elections may be marred by violence.