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PDP reacts as PANDEF, Ohanaeze, Northern Elders, Middle Belt Forum back Atiku to defeat Buhari

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari and the All Progressives Congress (APC) will lose the 2019 election going by the endorsement of its presidential candidate by different groups and individuals.

PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said this at a press conference on Sunday, in reaction to the endorsement of its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, by Afenifere, Ohanaeze Ndigbo, Northern Elders Forum, Pan-Niger Delta Forum and the Middle Belt Forum.

Atiku will slug it out with President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Ologbondiyan said: “The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), after consideration of all factors, reinforced the global unanimity and affirmation by various credible and independent bodies within and outside Nigeria, including the Afenifere, the Ohaneze Ndigbo, the Northern Elders’ Forum, the Pan Niger Delta Forum, the Middle Belt Forum, among several others, that Atiku Abubakar will win the February 16, Presidential election.

“Nigerians have chosen democracy with its tenets, as a way of life, including justice and constitutional freedom it offers the citizens to determine who their leaders should be at any given time, and nobody, not even President Buhari, can take away this freedom and rights, under any circumstance whatsoever.

“Nigerians know how the PDP restored, nurtured and allowed our democracy to thrive to the extent that it was possible for the opposition to win in a general election with President Buhari as the major beneficiary. The PDP allowed a free and fair election, respected the will of the people and handed over power to President Buhari, without any shenanigans that would have denied him victory.

“Now that Nigerians are determined to vote out President Buhari from office due to his incompetence, divisiveness, executive high-handedness and corruption, he must not allow his ambition to set our nation on fire.

“We therefore urge President Buhari to avail his mind to accept his imminent defeat when it eventually comes on February 16.

“President Buhari should know that Nigerians have chosen Atiku Abubakar as their next President to return our nation to the path of national cohesion and economic prosperity. This national consensus is bigger than President Buhari or any other Nigerian for that matter.”

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