Former Governor of Niger State, Babangida Aliyu Muazu, has expressed optimism that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar will win the 2023 election.
Babangida spoke at the inauguration of the Central Planning Committee (CPC) of the PDP Ward 2, Ward 2022 National Conference, in Abuja, on Tuesday, August 9, 2022.
According to him, Atiku should win the February election because Nigeria needs him.
The former Governor cautioned the committee against distraction, stressing that they should remain focused.
He urged the committee to look away from money as they campaign for Atiku’s victory.
The former Governor said members of the committee should go to the grassroot and campaign for Atiku.
According to Babangida: “I appreciate the W2W for the work you are doing. You are so far the grassroots pillar and support group of the party and we are very proud of you.
“The goal of this campaign is for Atiku to win the election come February next year. We want Atiku to win, but we have a lot to do to ensure that.
“This nation needs Atiku. Go to your polling units and deliver the message of hope. Don’t be bothered by the few irritants here and there. Don’t be distracted but remain focused,” he said.
Meanwhile, Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike has vowed that anybody undervaluing the political capability of his State will be taught a painful lesson in 2023.
Wike made the declaration at the inauguration of the Orochiri -Worukwo (Waterlines junction) Flyover that was performed by the Lagos State governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu in Port Harcourt on Monday, August 8, 2022.
His statement is coming amidst cold war with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidates, Atiku Abubakar.
Recall, since the party’s presidential primaries where Atiku emerged as the PDP 2023 Presidential candidate, some members who are not happy with the process and outcome have stayed off party affairs.
Contributing to the internal rancour was Atiku’s choice of Delta State Governor, Ifeanyi Okowa, as running mate over Wike who was reportedly favoured by the committee saddled with that responsibility.
Although, efforts have been made by stakeholders in the party for reconciliation, but none have been fruitful.
Speaking indirectly about the cold war with Atiku, Wike explained that the dynamics of contemporary politics had made it unpopular to just gift votes away without the assurance of derivable benefit for the people.
Wike said: “If you say Rivers State does not matter, Rivers State will tell you that you don’t also matter at the appropriate time. If you don’t like us, we will not like you. If you like us, we will like you.
“Nobody will use our votes for nothing. Our votes will matter and Rivers State must benefit from anybody that we are going to support.
“Politics now is no longer just vote for somebody, it is about what you will do for the people of Rivers State.”
Wike said it would be difficult for any conspirator to upset the voting pattern of Rivers State and support for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The Governor insisted that those who looted the treasury of the state would not be supported to become Governor of Rivers State.
He said: “My guest from Lagos State, let nobody tell you story that anybody will come here to win as governor of Rivers State. It will not happen.
“Those who looted the treasury of the State will not come here to be governor of Rivers State and I have challenged them.
“I am fully in charge. I am not that kind of governor people will go to Abuja and hold meetings against. I am fully in charge here.” he said.