Dapo Akinrefon and John Alechenu
Feelers from the G-5 camp indicate that governors are torn between messages of support for All Progressives Congress nominee Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and Labor Party candidate Peter Obi.
A usually reliable source within the G-5 governor camp who confided in Vanguard said, “The governors are considering lending their support to one of the two.
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“One of the governors is arguing for Obi, but others argue that he does not have the support base to cover the 36 states and Abuja.
“Those in this camp argue that if he emerges victorious, we will go back to square one because he will not have a majority in the National Assembly and will thus find it difficult to pass the legislation necessary to implement the reforms. carry out what he talked about.
“On the other hand, those of them who advocate for Asiwaju believe that the party that is the ruling party has the required spread.
They also allude to the fact that so far the candidate seems to recognize the disaster that the APC represents at the center and has focused on using successes recorded in Lagos as an example of what he intends to do if he takes office; would endear him to Nigerians.”
The source went on to say, “Politics is all about negotiations they are still having. One thing they agree on is their determination to ensure that the next president comes from Southern Nigeria.”
Meanwhile, People’s Democratic Party PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and his entire campaign have expressed optimism about his prospects in the 2023 election, despite threats from five aggrieved party governors to undermine him.
Atiku-Okowa campaign spokesman Mr Kola Ologbodiyan told Vanguard in Abuja on Tuesday that facts on the ground support the campaign’s confidence in a landslide victory for Atiku on the first ballot.
He was speaking just as the G-5 governors, led by Nyesom Wike, moved to London to perfect their endorsement plan for a yet-to-be-named presidential candidate.
The Atiku-Okowa campaign is convinced that no conspiracy will be strong enough to deny its candidate, who was destined for victory.
The campaign, with Atiku’s overwhelming support from Nigerians across the board, said the outcome of the presidential election, in which Atiku will emerge victorious on February 25, 2023, “will shock pollsters”.
Ologbondiyan said: “Atiku enjoys the solidarity and support of a larger majority of Nigerians not captured in the indices that many of the pollsters rely on in their projections on the 2023 presidential election.
“There is no doubt that Atiku will secure the majority of the legal vote nationwide and garner the constitutionally required 25% of the vote in more than 24 states of the federation.
“It is clear that the PDP’s mass traditional voters in polling stations, wards, local governments, states and the six geopolitical zones are not distracted in their steadfastness to save Nigeria from the misrule of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by mass to vote for Atiku.”
He went on to explain that this army of traditional voters is relentless in mobilizing both the nonpartisan voters and the undecided across the country to vote for the PDP presidential candidate.
The PDP spokesman also said, “It is clear that rival APC candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu lacks the political strength and national acceptance to stop Atiku on the first ballot.
“Our campaign is therefore unfazed, knowing that the majority of Nigerians across the country agree to elect Atiku as our country’s next president, especially given his proven ability, competence, political will and national acceptability to provide leadership at this critical time of our national history.”
The campaign urged Nigerians to remain united and focused in working with Atiku in the collective mission to save and rebuild our nation from the misrule of the APC.
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