Lesson From Abidjan To Akwa Ibom
Nigeria News take a look at the President Muhammadu Buhari’s strategy in luring some PDP governors to his side towards the 2019 presidential election.
President Muhammadu Buhari hinted about his second term bid in faraway Ivory Coast last week.
He said while addressing the Nigerian community, a sideline event, at the African Union-European Union Summit in Abidjan that he might need the votes of some parts of Nigeria in the future.
He also apologized to the waiting Nigerians for coming late for the meeting, adding that he could not show up on time because he was waiting for the Governor of Akwa Ibom, Udom Emmanuel who was one of his entourage to the summit.
Buhari was definite about the presence of Udom whom, according to findings, had inform many of Akwa Ibom State living in Abidjan of the president’s coming.
Buhari also revealed at the meeting, a piece of information by the national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress. Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
It was clear from the meeting that campaign for the 2019 election had begun and perhaps there are some state governors under the Peoples Democratic Party that may cross to the APC.
That has been the scenario in Nigeria politics over the years. Buhari would not have travelled to such a summit with a PDP governor without a reason.
The president was in Ebonyi about two weeks ago, another PDP state where he was honoured with a statue by the state governor Dave Omahi.
After he won in Anambra governorship poll two weeks ago, the APGA candidate, Willie Obiano did not only attribute his victory to the fairness of president Buhari who had allowed the election to go peacefully despite the earlier overzealousness of the police, he paid a courtesy visit to him inside Aso Rock.
However, the Saturday’s Local Government polls in Akwa Ibom State created a different impression about where the state belonged. The PDP swept all the 31 local governments and won all the 329 councillorship seats.
The state gave over one million votes to the former President Goodluck Jonathan in the last 2015 general election. It competed favourably with Kano State 1.9 million votes for Buhari.
This is one state the All Progressives Congress does not want to joke with as the country prepares for the 2019 election. Perhaps, if Buhari will not win in Akwa Ibom, the All Progressives Congress is bent on sharing the votes with PDP.
One is thinking that the sudden romance between the president and the Akwa Ibom State Governor may be a strategy to have a big cut in the state votes.