2019: I Foresee Buhari's Return – Policy Analyst
“I do not usually talk about politics, but if I may make a comment about the politicking that has started, I must say that few persons that I see who are likely to be presented by the strongest opposition in Nigeria, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), do not have what it takes to beat President Buhari,” Dr. Boniface Chizea says.
The policy analyst, who is not happy with the state of the economy, said he would wait to see who will emerge as the Presidential candidate of the PDP.
He told Bounce News that one of those already coming forward is a former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, was part of the PDP’s 16-year rule that Nigerians decided to end.
"I don't think he has what it takes to win President Muhammadu Buhari going by the fact that he was part of the past government of the PDP," he said.
"Buhari will return in 2019 for his second tenure,” he added.
The President has not officially declared that he would contest for a second term in office come 2019, but there have been sneak peeks handed to the public.
He always subtly drops comments like: 'If I decide to return and run for 2019 election, I will win with this kind of support I see here'.
Is There A Chance Atiku Could Win?
Infighting has already started in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) the kind that gave birth to Goodluck Jonathan’s return as sole candidate of the party without primaries.
Whille there is a brewing leadership tussle in the APC, the PDP is seemingly stable and progressing like the APC was, prior to the 2015 general elections.
The party seems to be speaking with one voice in contesting the APC’s (presidency) list of looters, even though the party's apology has not taking hold of Nigerians' forgiveness.
Going forward, there are chances that their leaders will begin to also render this apology while the party looks to present someone like Atiku to tear the vote in the north as much as possible.
Political analysts foresee the tearing of President Buhari’s vote in the northern part of Nigeria if one or two men from the north are used against him tactically.
The veto by the National Assembly on the election timetable (if it comes) could further tear the vote in the north.
The south-west is one vital area Atiku may also need votes since he could get support from south-south and south-east by a click of the mouse – casting his bread upon the waters in the area usually described as people who love money.
But who does not like money?
If Atiku could present a vice from the south-west who could have the support of more electorate in the the region, he stands a chance of sharing votes with President Buhari again in the south-west.
One challenge, however, is whether the PDP will be able to offer eastern political leaders something that could make them accept a vice president from the south-west and not from the south-east.
Politicking is just beginning, and tomorrow holds a lot.