Atiku has been said to stand a better chance of winning 2019 election by Babangida Aliyu
As former governor of Niger state, Babangida Aliyu, has guaranteed that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the forthcoming 2019 election if there is no rigging.
The former governor added that Atiku will squarely defeat Buhari if the election goes free and fair. In his word Aliyu believes that the refusal of the president to sign the electoral amendment bill should not be allowed to create problem in the country
Aliyu openly declared this at an interactive session with journalists in Kaduna, saying in his very own words “Believe me, not only in my state, I believe that if the elections are free and fair, if there is no rigging, if the security agencies are not used against our party, we will make it. We will win. Atiku will defeat Buhari squarely.”
The former governor further appealed to the president to reconsider and assent to the electoral amendment bill. He said here in his word that “If the National Assembly feels very strongly, they should be able to over-ride the veto”. “But if it will create problems for the moment, we can wait. I understand that some of the conditions the president gave was that the electoral act could start with the next election and not this particular one. “But I think that we need to be careful under his watch, to make sure that we don’t have any problem with the 2019 elections.
He further added, “In 2015, we understand what happened and everybody rallied round, even though the difference in the votes was not much, given the population of voters in the country.” He said if the electoral act amendment bill is not signed by the president and not over ridden by the National Assembly, then it means the old law will be used and there will be no basis for asking anybody whether card reader has been used or not. “We appeal to the president either to reconsider his position or appeal to the national assembly to look at it again,” Aliyu said.