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ANALYSIS: What Buhari Failed To Do For APC May Later Haunt Him

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Nigeria News takes a look at the outcome of the supplementary polls in six states and how PDP won four of it.

After President Muhammadu Buhari has won his re-election, he left the governorship candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to their fate.

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared six States inconclusive and suspended the Rivers State election. These include, Benue, Sokoto, Kano, Adamawa, Plateau and Bauchi States.

The Kano State gubernatorial poll was so close with the PDP candidate, Abba Yusuf leading until, Saturday supplementary, which the APC candidate and the sitting Governor, Abdullahi Ganduje eventually won with just a little above 8, 000.

Before Saturday, Buhari had said repeatedly that electorate could vote for the candidate of their choice in the gubernatorial. Exactly that was what the voters did, voting APC in the presidential election but PDP in governorship poll. As at this morning, PDP had won four out of the six where supplementary took place. They are Bauchi, Adamawa, Benue and Sokoto.

The reason being that President Buhari went to sleep after he had won and never campaigned again for his party governorship candidates.

But the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, despite that he lost the poll, did a lot of campaign for the party’s governorship candidates.

Atiku took to his Twitter handle to make case for the candidates against the ruling APC candidates in all the 36 states. This is what Buhari failed to do.

The president said that he would not intervene in the governorship election as if canvassing for APC candidate is the same as influencing INEC.

Buhari missed it big time. The Governors of Plateau and Kano States who won by low margin may have God to thank but not Buhari who left them to their fate.

The president said that the party leadership should not expect him to begin a new campaign but must go and work hard and earn their votes. Of course, they worked hard to win just two more states with low margins.

But to the APC candidates in Sokoto and Benue States, Buhari had betrayed them by not canvassing votes for the party after the presidential polls.

Even, the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu was cautioned for trying to meddle in Kano election. He quickly spoke through his media aide, Mr Tunde Rahman that he was not in Kano as alleged by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Recalled that Tinubu rolled out all that he had in the Arsenal to ensure victory for APC in Lagos governorship election. In Ogun, the Allied Peoples Movement (APM) fought hard but could not defeat the APC.

The margin was close and this is because the APM candidate, Adekunle Akinlade had the backing of the State Governor, Ibikunle Amosun.

Amosun grew in confidence because Buhari failed to emphasise on APC candidate, Dapo Abiodun as the man the electorate should vote for in the state. The president has not shown how to be a real party man. If care is not taken, this attitude may damage APC before 2023.

APC will need an arrow-head aside the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole who will be ready to shoulder some responsibilities without expecting any selfish gain.

I foresee Buhari resigning totally from politics after the second tenure. The president will not only quit, but he will not be able to influence anything.

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