The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign team claims on demographics that indicate the president’s possible reelection, saying the statistics are nebulous catalogue of figures plot to fabricate, falsify, forge, manufacture and post fictitious figures through compromised officials of INEC during the 2019 presidential election.’
PDP also accused the Buhari campaign team of being dubious for limiting its analysis to 2011 and 2015, when its candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, ran against President Goodluck.
The Buhari campaign team has said the latest defections by some national assembly members and the governor of Benue state will not harm the re-election of President Buhari in 2019.
The team, through its spokesperson, Festus Keyamo said, “The president won with large margins in the past in some states without the support of majority of the politicians from those states who moved recently to join the opposition party.
“Also, we are all witnessing the significant gains Mr President is making in several places where he lost in the past, notably in the south-south and south-east.
“From the demographics, we have now, the historic figures and the present realities that we know, these defections will have little or no impact on the chances of Mr. President’s re-election.
“The following 12 States, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Sokoto, Zamfara, Bauchi, Borno, Gombe, Yobe, and Niger, with over 30 million registered voters, are States the President had consistently won with considerable large margins in past elections, especially in 2011 and 2015. This was achieved despite the fact that most of those States were being controlled by political parties other than his own.”
But in its swift reaction to the claims by Buhari’s campaign team, the PDP said: “Ordinarily, the PDP would not have responded to these phantom calculations except to stop the Buhari Campaign from beguiling Nigerians, once again, ahead of 2019.
“It is imperative to state that the figures put forward by the Buhari’s Campaign team are all predicated on bogus assumptions that have no space for human behavioural patterns of responding to situations correspondingly with stimuli.
“It is also unfortunate that the Buhari campaign team dubiously limited its analysis to 2011 and 2015, when its candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, ran against President Goodluck Jonathan but chose to gloss over the outcome of the 2007 presidential election, where he was roundly defeated by the late Umar Yar’Adua. This, indeed, is a shameful contrivance plotted to belie the unpopularity of President Buhari.
“The Buhari campaign team, by this nebulous catalogue of figures, has clearly shown that it has the plot to fabricate, falsify, forge, manufacture and post fictitious figures through compromised officials of INEC officials during the 2019 presidential election.
“PDP urges Buhari campaign team to accept the reality of its principal’s loss to PDP’s candidate, come 2019, as this could be manifestly seen from the ongoing defection from its disintegrating APC.”