A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Aminu Bello Masari, has said that from scientifically verified data available to the party, the opposition party’s candidate for the 2015 Presidential election, Muhammadu Buhari (rtd), will defeat the incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan, given the percentage of vote casts in APC controlled areas.
Speaking exclusively with Peoples Daily, Masari, who is also the governorship candidate of APC in Katsina state, said despite the security challenges facing the North East, the region still largely remains ninety per cent APC state.
He also argued that North West region is a no go area for Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate, except the southern part of Kaduna state, pointing out that in spite of having a PDP government in the state, the people of the state had always voted for Buhari during Presidential elections.
“They have never stopped Buhari from winning that state. He has eighty per cent of the total vote cast. Buhari has always won in Niger State, he has always won in Nasarawa state, has always gotten the required amount in Kogi state and Kwara state”, he said.
On this note, he posited that at least, the APC candidate will get thirty percent of the vote cast in the North Central, and over seventy per cent of the vote cast in the North West and South West, to deliver victory to the party.
“If he takes eighty per cent of Edo, even if he does not take anything in Rivers because the people of Rivers never voted the right figures, but this time around, the PDP will never have the chance to manipulate figures, so the representations from South South is very strong”, he said.
While dismissing the large votes which President Jonathan had recorded in the South East and South South, he explained that even the total number of votes in South East and South South, which stands at between six and seven million votes in each of the states, the North West has over eighteen million voters.
This, he said, is almost the combination of both South East and South South total registered voters, adding that the votes in Imo state, which is an APC state would be shared fifty-fifty between PDP and APC.
According to him, “Mind you, while the South South and South East have seven million votes, some not up to, some even six million votes, the North West as at the last election, had 18 million voters, so if you can get those number of votes, or at least 70 or 60 percent of those voters, that will take care of the South East and South South”.
Meanwhile, he has dismissed the claims that the party will face internal crisis, saying that those that lost the primaries have agreed to work together with Buhari, adding that the moment calls for reason and unity.
Speaking on the confidence the party has on INEC to conduct a credible election, he said that the INEC Chairman is the right candidate for the institution, but said the fear is about what the Resident Electoral Commissioners are doing at the state level, and the capacity of the state governments to influence the recruitment of ad hoc staff for the election.
“There is fear, and that fear is holding the elections in one day, the second fear is the deliberate failure of the card reader, or manipulating the card reader system, to be so slow so as not to allow the voters cast their votes because of time, or to allow anybody who brings any card to vote”, he said.