2019: Why Buhari will not win in South/South, South/East, says PDP Chieftain

Prince Paul Obi

A chieftain of the People’s Democratic Party, Prince Paul Agbebia Obi has reeled out reasons why the presidential flag bearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), President Muhammadu Buhari will not command the votes of the South-South and South-East geo political zones of the country, stating that not even former governor Godswill Akpabio can change the situation.

While saying that the support for president Buhari and the All Progressives Congress has seriously diminished in the geo-political zones, he reiterated that “the people of South South and South East are collectively determined to vote-out the Buhari administration because it failed to meet the expectations of the electorate.”

“I assure you that as it stands, President Muhammadu Buhari has no considerable support in the entire south,” he said, adding that a careful analysis of the political structures of APC and PDP in South-South and South-East is enough to correctly predict that President Muhammadu Buhari will not have more than twelve percent of votes from the two regions.

He said a study in more than 200 Polling Units with voting strength between seven hundred to one thousand voters shows that APC members in the communities ranges between fifteen to thirty per Polling Unit.

Obi, who served as Zonal Organizing Secretary of the PDP in Cross River state said a large portion of the small figure consists of politically inactive people who are not likely to vote in the elections.

“Unfortunately, President Muhammadu Buhari has been misled to believe that Godswill Akpabio will help to deliver the South-South  and South East geo political zones to APC,” stating that no amount of money expended to the voter population will deliver the zones to APC in the elections.

“The people of geo political zones have become exposed and can make correct decisions that will shape their future.

“We have resolved in the regions to get things right and working in this Nation,” he said.

“We cannot tolerate the Buhari administration beyond May 29th 2019,” he said, adding that Nigerians should be conscious of the dangers which the country will face if a wrong choice is elected.

“The world is watching our voting pattern to decide how a possible breakup of Nigeria can occur if we don’t make informed leadership choices at the ballot.

He explained that in 2015, the South South and South East gave block votes to the ruling APC, adding that such pattern of voting is a signal of disintegration of a Nation. “It means we are not one Nation but various groups of tribes in a forced unity, or a situation where major tribes conquer minority tribes.”

“The Southern population have better understanding of the economy and indicators of an effective government and will naturally resist any government that fails to provide good policy directions as is the case with the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Citing one of the reasons why the people of the South South and South East regions are determined to vote out the Buhari administration, Prince Obi expressed concern that “majority of the Northern population votes for religious reasons not minding factors as leadership competence and other very important factors,” adding it portrays division and dangers for our Nation.

“Apart from failing to truly unite the country, it is also crystal clear that the Buhari administration destroyed the industrial sector. A case study is the situation involving restrictions of industrialists to bring into the country equipment needed for world class service delivery,” he said stating that Kelina Hospital is a case in view.

“It is sad that some Specialist Hospitals in Nigeria were prevented from importing the inputs required for certain complex procedures in the medical field,” and called on voters to vote out the Buhari administration for failing to support and encourage the development of the private sector in the medical field.

“This problem is raising dust in the south because most of the hospitals are owned by southern investors who are now being stuck by policies that do not augur well for the advancement of the health sector in the country.

“I am therefore calling on progressive elites and northerners to evaluate their thought pattern in the interest of developing the country.

“If Nigerians re-elect President Buhari, the next four years will witness serious consequences for the country,” he said, adding that “we my inevitably lose this beautiful Nation called Nigeria.

“I therefore call on the North to join the South South and South East to vote out president Buhari and his ailing policies. There are better options in Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party and Alhaji Ibrahim Usman of the NRM,” he added.

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