It would be simplistic to believe that incumbent President Muhammadu Buhari would retain dominance of his Northwest geopolitical zone, while his main challenger, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) controls the Northeast flank ...
The Initiative to Save Democracy (ISD) described the unscrupulous rumour as the desperation of the opposition to stir unnecessary controversy in the South West of Nigeria.
Tinubu, at a large stakeholders’ meeting, Wednesday, held at the Lagos State chapter of APC, Secretariat, Acme, Ogba, ahead of the Saturday polls, explained that APC in Lagos and South West is behind Buhari on the warning against box snatching and other electoral violence, saying it is in the interest of protecting the nation’s democracy from mischievous elements and enemies of democratic principles who were bent on scuttling it.
They don’t have our strength in the North West, in the South West and even in the Middle Belt.
For instance, three days ago, we were unable to deliver materials to some locations due to bad weather.We therefore had to rely on slow-moving long haulage vehicles to locations that can be serviced by air in spite of the fact that we created five zonal airport hubs Abuja (North Central), Port Harcourt (South-South and South East), Kano (North West), Maiduguri and Yale (North East) and Lagos (South West) to facilitate the delivery of electoral logistics.Apart from these logistical challenges, we also faced what may well attempt to sabotage our preparations.
Any watcher of Nigerian politics could see clearly that for some time now, APC South West has continued to wobble under the threat of a growing anti-Tinubu agitation.
COSEG calls for peace Also, Coalition Of Oodua Self determination Groups, COSEG, in a statement on Monday, in Lagos,by its Chairman, Ifedayo Ogunlana has urged the people of the South West to keep calm and support INEC despite its little shortcoming as regards Saturday presidential election postponement, saying, it is ready to bestow peaceful and fair election.
“The Governor also set up one of the best-equipped political campaign office in the South West region of the country.
We therefore had to rely on slow-moving long haulage vehicles to locations that can be serviced by air in spite of the fact that we created five zonal airport hubs Abuja (North Central), Port Harcourt (South South and South East), Kano (North West), Maiduguri and Yale (North East) and Lagos (South West) to facilitate the delivery of electoral logistics”.
The vice presidential candidates are from the South West and the South East, respectively, which creates a near perfect equilibrium for a keen competition and peaceful election, unlike in 2015, when the clamour for change was also agitation for power transfer to Northern Nigeria.