The APC senatorial aspirant for Kano Central is however confident that the president will win the majority votes in the region – Shekarau, a former governor of Kano state, dumped the PDP for APC recently A former governor of Kano state, Malam Ibrahim Shekarau, has said President Muhammadu Buhari will win the majority votes in the north but will not garner as much votes in the region as he did in 2015. Shekarau said his prediction was premised on the strength of the opposition PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar who also hails from the north. He, however, said President Buhari will ultimately defeat Atiku in the contest.
Shekarau, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and senatorial aspirant in Kano state, noted that the 2019 election would not be as simple as the 2015 poll, But with massive mobilisation, he said Buhari would win majority votes in the north and ultimately a re-election. His words: “You cannot wish away the issue of regional, tribal, religious influences in anything that you do about people. Both of them (Buhari and Atiku) are from the north. “So I think it is going to be a very tall order in terms of the struggle that decides the votes in the north; there is no doubt about that. “Buhari may not necessarily get all of the votes he got in 2015 but we are still very hopeful he is going to have majority votes, I have no doubt about that.”
The presidential candidate of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), Obiageli ‘Oby’ Ezekwesili, has called on Nigerians to reject the presidential candidates of the APC and PDP in the upcoming 2019 presidential elections. Ezekwesili, a former minister of education, said the cycle of leadership failure in Nigeria is unsustainable and it has to end. According to her, the country deserves better than the quality of leadership it currently gets.