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Saturday, 12 January 2019

DEFECTIONS: Buhari group sympathises with Atiku, urges him to quit


Buhari Media Organisation (BMO) on Friday expressed sympathy for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, over the defection of two notable chieftains of the party to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The chieftains referred to were the former deputy national chairman of the PDP and member of the Presidential Campaign Council, Babayo Garba Gamawa, and a former national chairman of the party, Adamu Muazu.
The group called on Atiku to pull out of the “presidential race to save himself from what is almost certain to be a crushing defeat that would end up demystifying him as a political force.”
BMO stated this in a statement signed by its chairman Niyi Akinsiju, and secretary, Cassidy Madueke. It said the way Atiku and his PDP continue to lose prominent members when the election is almost at hand calls for sympathy.
“We have nothing but sympathy for Atiku at this time that he has lost some of his trusted supporters who have abandoned him to team up with President Buhari.
“Nothing could be more demoralising than losing the number two man of your party with few days to what is almost certain to be his last attempt to clinch a seat that he had coveted since the 1990s.
“Babayo Gamawa is not only PDP’s deputy National Chairman but also a member of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council from the same North-East geo-political zone as the former Vice President.
“So we at BMO believe that it may be ideal for the PDP candidate to pull out of the Presidential race to save himself from what is almost certain to be a crushing defeat that would end up demystifying him as a political force”, it said.
The group also noted the defection of the former PDP National Chairman Adamu Muazu who is known in the opposition ranks as the ‘game changer’.
“If there is any defection that is bound to hit Atiku hard it is that of the former Bauchi governor whose election as the PDP chairman just before the 2015 election was a popular choice.
“Here is a man whose daughter is married to the former Vice President’s son but opted to ignore family ties to support President Buhari’s re-election bid because he clearly knows the difference between the two.
“If there are people who know Atiku well, Muazu certainly would be numbered among them and now that he has joined the governing party, there is no clearer message to undecided voters across the country that President Buhari is the better choice.
“With Muazu’s decision to dump PDP, it is safe to say that the little chance the PDP has to improve on the 86,085 votes it had in 2015 when APC polled 931,598 votes in one of the President’s traditional strongholds has virtually disappeared,” BMO said.

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