Buhari’s Spirit, Atiku’s Image In Gombe
Nigeria News takes a look at the PDP campaign in in Gombe and the connection with President Muhammadu Buhari.
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is not leaving any stone unturned in its campaign across the country.
The party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar was in Gombe a few days ago to canvass for votes even as the All Progressives Congress (APC) is yet to make a commanding mark in its own campaign.
Except that the APC vice presidential candidate, Professor Yemi Osinbajo has been busy with tradermoni in some parts of the country, using the scheme as a gimmick to canvass for votes.
Osinbajo has been criticised and accused of vote buying via tradermoni by the Peoples Democratic Party but he denied the allegation, adding that the National Assembly approved the scheme. Tradermoni is not illegal but the method of its implementation and timing has made people to suspect that it is a modern way of vote buying.
Not only has Osinbajo turned himself to errand boy in this new assignment, he goes to the extent of visiting ordinary Nigerians in their homes, seeking their support for APC and Buhari’s reelection.
The APC campaign is yet to come with fanfare but in Gombe, Buhari’s spirit entered the crowd at the PDP rally. As soon as Atiku mounted the podium to read his manifestos, the crowd chorused the name of Buhari.
‘Sai Baba, Sai Buhari” rented the air and for some minutes, Atiku had to pause so that his supporters could control the crowd believed to have been infiltrated by APC supporters.
This is not to say that Buhari had captured the whole of Gombe but the echo of Sai Baba Buhari showed how popular Mr President had become in the last three years.
Buhari’s public rating may have dropped, especially on social media, the
This came at a time a faction of the Yoruba Socio-cultural group endorsed President Muhammadu Buhari. The factional group led by Senator Ayo Fasanmi said that Buhari had shown exceptional leadership with his fight against corruption and building of infrastructure.
The group described Pa Reuben Fasoranti factional group as those fighting for their selfish gains.
It will be recalled that the Fasoranti group had earlier endorsed Atiku with the agenda that if voted in, he should restructure the country.
Already there is division among the political class in the southwest. What is sounding is the echo of Buhari but many of them are meeting behind the scene to work for Atiku.
In the north, the realignment is tilting towards Buhari, even though Atiku is strongly reaching out to those who matter as the 2019 election draws closer.
This was clearly shown by the sudden praises on Buhari by some northern leaders during his 76th birthday.
As the former Head of State, Ibrahim Badamosi Babangida put it, Buhari’s integrity is unequal. Babangida would not say if he had endorsed Buhari but his appraisal of Buhari suggested that he would want him to continue.