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2019: PDP will lose – Buhari

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Jonathan, Oshiomhole trade words

PRESIDENT Muhammadu Buhari yesterday told Nigerians to reject Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2019 general elections, saying the main opposition party is heading for a trouncing defeat at the polls.

The president made the pronouncement at the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Secretariat in Abuja while submitting his nomination and expression of interest forms allegedly purchased for him by the Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors’ Network (NCAN).

“I am here in person among friends and colleagues to put my name forward to my party, the All Progressives Congress, seeking nomination to contest the presidential elections next year, 2019. Fellow party members, I am taking this step with all humility, sense of responsibility and an unquestionable desire to serve and protect the interests of all Nigerians.

I am very grateful to those dozens of organisations who have joined together and contributed funds to purchase these forms. I assure them and the rest of Nigerians that, if nominated and if elected, I shall continue to serve you to the best of my ability. Let me today appeal to party members not to be complacent but to prepare, strategise and win in 2019 elections. We must not allow those who brought the country to its knees from 1999 to 2015 to come and take us back,” Buhari said.

Similarly, former President Goodluck Jonathan of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and National Chairman of All Progressive Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, are currently locking horns in a war of words as they trade blame over who introduced vote-buying in Nigerian electoral system, with Jonathan questioning the psychological state of Oshiomohole.

The former president stated his stand yesterday in a statement released by his media aide, Ikechukwu Eze, in a reaction to statements allegedly made by Oshiomohole as guest on a television programme that blamed Jonathan as originator of vote-buying during the 2015 general election.

But in a swift rebuttal, Jonathan’s camp, yesterday, described Oshiomohole’s assertion as a “misleading falsehood” insisting that Oshomole introduced the vote buying trend during his stint as Edo Governor in 2016.

It will be recalled that a civil society group, SERAP, recently took Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to court over its failure to do something about allegations of vote buying that trailed recent elections in some States.

 

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