The Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, will defeat the incumbent Muhammadu Buhari with ease because of his failure to meet the yearning and aspirants of Nigeria, former lands and housing minister, Chief Nduese Essien has boasted.
Essien who represented Eket federal constituency in the house of representative between 1999 and 2007, also dismissed as daydreamers who are rumenerating the idea that the All Progressive Congress would win Akwa Ibom state following the defection of governor Godswill Akapbio from the PDP to the APC.
The former vice president Atiku Abubakar speaks during the opposition Peoples Democratic Party [PDP]’s national convention in Port Harcourt Rivers state on October 6 2018.
The People’s Democratic Party [PDP] has chosen Abubakar to challenge the current president Muhammadu Buhari who is seeking a second term in presidential polls scheduled for Feburary 2019.
Essien who has been stuck with the PDP since the return of democracy in 1999, addressed the journalist and boasted that rather than lose Akwa Ibom in 2019, the PDP would even perform better than it did in 2015 because of Akpabio’s exit, which he describes as a destabilising influence in Governor Udom and his Administration while he was in the party.
He further stated that ‘’whoever says that the APC will win Akwa Ibom in 2019 because of Akpabio’s entry into the rulling party, is a mere joke because we know for a fact that the defection of the former governor to that party has actually exacerbated its viewing crisis and dwindled its fortuneS’’.
“Akwa Ibom is one state that will always vote PDP and there is nothing the APC can do to change that. As a matter of fact, Akpabio’s exit from the PDP has made the party stronger in the state and freed governor Emmanuel Udom to perform better and more independently from the shackles of a distracting godfather, who wanted to be worshiped and adored as a god.
“Our candid advice to the APC is to concede defeat and prepare for 2023 rather than engage in endless propaganda of winning Akwa Ibom and how the governor has not performed in their own imagination.
“It is on record that Udom has delivered on most of the promises he made to the people of the state despite the distraction by Akpabio and the huge debts he left behind hanging on the governor’s neck.
According to the former minister Atiku will win the next election with ease because of the failure of Buhari to address the basic needs of Nigerians and stamp out nepotism and insecurity and fix the worsening economy.
Essien boasted that unlike Buhari, Atiku has what it takes to fix the troubled economy and move the country forward, basking on the Godswill of most Nigerians, which the former vice president enjoys.