Former chairman of the PDP Board of Trustees, Chief Bode George, has wished Atiku good luck if in his opinion, he thinks he has what it takes to win without the support of the five governors.
In a telephone interview with one of our correspondents, George said, “If Atiku thinks he can win without us, good luck to him. His aides who are speaking for him know nothing about the foundation on which the party stands.
“We have stated our position but if Atiku thinks he knows better than us, it is good with him. We will make our position clear and work toward what we believe in. Atiku cannot threaten us because for someone like me, I am not looking for anything from him. What do I need now… A job or an appointment? I am already retired.
“We are not saying he cannot win without us but we wish him all the best. If he says we would be retired politically if he goes ahead to win without us, that is fine. I will go home.”
While noting that the presidential candidate has left the South-West with nothing to bargain with; the retired Naval Officer said it would be difficult to prevail on Yoruba people to pitch their tent with the PDP with Ayu still in charge as party chairman.
But the Atiku-Okowa presidential campaign organisation is insisting that the PDP presidential candidate will win the 2023 presidential election at the first ballot.
The campaign said that with the massive support for Atiku by Nigerians, the positive result of the presidential election would shock pollsters.
The campaign council, which disclosed this in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodiyan on Tuesday, added that Atiku enjoyed “the camaraderie and support of greater majority of Nigerians who are not confined in the indices relied upon by many of the pollsters in their forecasts on the 2023 presidential elections.”
Ologbondiyan revealed that “It is incontrovertible that Atiku will win the majority of lawful votes across the country and garner the constitutionally required 25 per cent of votes in more than 24 states of the federation.
“It is evident that the massive traditional voters of the PDP across the polling units, wards, local governments, states and the six geo-political zones are not distracted in their steadfastness to rescue Nigeria from the misrule of the All Progressives Congress by voting en masse for Atiku.’’
In a related development, the Director-General, PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, Aminu Tambuwal, on Tuesday, charged the Nigerian voting public to use their Permanent Voter Cards to remove the APC from power in the 2023 general elections.
Tambuwal, who is the governor of Sokoto State, pointed out that the APC had plunged Nigeria into numerous problems without solutions and harped on the need for the electorate to vote for and ensure the victory of the PDP presidential candidate and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa on February 25.
The PCO DG, represented by PDP former National Vice Chairman (Southwest), Dr Eddy Olafeso, spoke in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital during the inauguration of the PDP Presidential Campaign Committee and Campaign Management Committee.
He condemned the leadership styles of the APC and urged PDP members “to work for peace to defeat the monster called APC and its beneficiaries in the country.”