The Governor of Kogi State, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, has told President Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) that the opposing Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) “will not be a pushover” in the forthcoming 2019 general election. He said Nigerians need the “competence” of President Muhammadu Buhari, but supporters of the president need to put in great effort to ensure he wins.
Backstory: Bello spoke on Wednesday night at an event hosted by the president for his young political appointees at the Presidential Villa.
“A good product sells itself and Mr. President is a very good product. And his competence is definitely needed for the progress of this nation. But we need to go out there and sell him to the people,” Bello said. The APC, according to Gov. Bello, “must market the incredible accomplishments of Mr. President and of his administration to every voter and in a language he or she understands.”
He said “all may be lost if we don’t get Nigerian people to see why they must vote and allow Mr. President continue his great work as we go to the poll in 2019.”
Meanwhile, the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, (SGF), Mr. Boss Mustapha, said the PDP does not deserve rule again because it didn’t achieve one-tenth of what APC has done during the 16 years it lasted in power.
Mustapha said, “If we have to make a comparison of what has been achieved in the last couple of years, the 16 years of PDP administration will not constitute one-tenth of what we have been able to achieve in the last three and half years. We went to the 2015 elections with promises, but we will go to the 2019 elections with our scorecard.”
Bottom line: Yahaya Bello’s concern about a possible loss for the PDP candidate is not far-fetched. A couple of organizations have already predicted a loss for the president, with the most recent being The Economist Intelligence Unit. Whether the party has enough in its ammo to turn things around is another matter entirely.