The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has said President Buhari would easily defeat the former Vice President Atiku Abubakar should he stand for re-election in 2019.

Atiku had thrown a challenge to President Buhari, declaring that unlike what happened in 2015, he would defeat the President in the coming presidential election.

He hinged his assertion on the claim that many of the president’s men were unhappy with his handling of issues even though they would not tell him, but would rather wait to take their own pound of flesh during the coming elections.

The former Vice President added that President Buhari had squandered the goodwill that helped him to win the 2015 election, a fact that had weakened his political base.

“I will definitely beat him this time,” Atiku said on Friday in an interview with Dele Momodu .

“He has wasted a lot of his massive goodwill. A lot of people are disgruntled but (are) keeping quiet and lying low.

But the APC faulted Atiku’s position, saying Nigerians will overwhelmingly vote for President Buhari because of the sterling qualities they saw in him in 2015.

The party’s spokesperson, Bolaji Abdullahi, noted that Atiku can never defeat the President in any election.

“We believe that the reasons Nigerians voted for President Buhari in 2015 are still pertinent. They voted President Buhari because they needed a leader who has integrity, strong on corruption and capable of defeating Boko Haram.

“If he stands for election in 2019, we believe Nigerians would still vote for him,” Bolaji said.

Recall that Atiku had on November 24 resigned from the APC, citing alleged failure by the current administration to improve the quality of life of Nigerians and neglect of the youth by the administration.

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