Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has said that the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar would win the forthcoming presidential election in a free and fair contest based on the latest scientific forecasts by the London Economist Intelligence Unit and the William and Associate team as well as massive nationwide support for Atiku by Nigerian electorate.
Specifically, Saraki, who is the Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, stated that the endorsement of the PDP candidate by the leadership of various ethnic nationalities in the country, is an incontrovertible validation of the results of the scientific polls by the two international bodies.
The director general further noted in a statement issued by his media adviser that with the latest developments, Nigerians have taken a position that the false claim of integrity and anti-corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari is nothing but an election gimmick.
He further stated that the three major pillars – economy, security, and anti-corruption – which Buhari hinged the campaign for his re-election on, have collapsed totally in the face of realities on the ground.
“The economy has been thoroughly mismanaged. Insecurity has become more widespread and beyond their control while the government encourages and nurtures corruption from within”, he stated.
Saraki urged Nigerians to take a cue from the gale of endorsements and predictions by credible groups in favour of Atiku and vote wisely.
“The endorsements are like tonic to the work of the campaign organisations to intensify our efforts as it is a testament that we are employing the right approach and techniques to market our candidate to Nigerians.
“We have been able to change the narratives. We have debunked a lot of lies and rumours being peddled around against our candidate and Nigerians are now better informed.
“Leaders of the ruling party knows that they could no longer deceive Nigerians because we have allowed the people to know that they are all pretenders with their claim of integrity and anti-corruption posture.
“The fact that Nigerians expressed favourable opinions while credible private agencies were conducting their research showed that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, will defeat the incumbent, President Buhari, next week Saturday”, the Senate President stated.
It will be recalled that five socio-political organisations spread across all the geo-political zones in the country namely, the Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum, Middle Belt Forum, Ohaneze Ndigbo and the Afenifere had on Sunday endorsed Atiku Abubakar.
The leaders who spoke on behalf of their groups were, Prof. Ango Abdullahi, Chief Edwin Clark, Chief Ayo Adebanjo, Chief John Nwodo and Mr. Bitrus Pogu. They urged Nigerians to vote for Atiku because he would bring the desired change to the country.
Before the endorsements, a field work conducted by the Pollster, Williams and Associates, revealed that Atiku will defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 16 presidential election
The agency had, in a similar field work in 2015, predicted the defeat of President Goodluck Jonathan in the last presidential election, using same methodology it employed now.
Similarly, a forecast by the Economist Intelligence Unit in Africa, has revealed that Buhari will be defeated by Atiku in next week’s presidential poll.