The presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, said on Thursday, November 29, that he is convinced beyond any doubt that he would defeat President Muhammadu Buhari and other candidates in 2019.
According to Atiku, the general elections will be a victory walk for the PDP. The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Atiku said this during the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja.
The presidential candidate this is in reaction to the momentum the party had gathered through its transparent primaries and the people working together. He said victory was awaiting the party.
Atiku, a former vice president, urged the leadership of the PDP to build on the momentum from its national convention and the just concluded primaries. Atiku said he was shocked when the leadership of the PDP invited him and informed him of the details of the money realised from the primaries.
He said that this had never happened before and had posed a very big challenge to him.
“I said that should we win and we must win the presidential election, we will have to enthrone the best fiscal responsibility this country has ever known or ever seen. “This is simply because our party has given us that leadership, chairman I commend you. “I believe with the genuine support of all of you, particularly of governors and members of the National Assembly, of party leaders, of local levels, and of course, party supporters, if we work together, I am convinced without any doubts that this election is for us to win.
“We have built up so much momentum after the Port Harcourt convention, it is now time for us to pick up the momentum again until we land in Aso Villa,” he said. Speaking at the meeting, the president of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, said through the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, the PDP had demonstrated to the world that it was ready to regain power and it was time to work together to achieve that. “We must stay strong. It is not easy in a third world country to defeat an incumbent government, but it has been done before by everybody and we will do it again. “I say so because the people are with us, and when the people are with you, God is with you, PDP by God’s grace will succeed,” Saraki said stressing the need to make 2019 general elections credible.