Senior special assistant to former President Goodluck Jonathan on media and publicity, Dr. Doyin Okupe has predicted that Atiku Abubakar who just quit the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), cannot, alone, defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in the 2019 Presidential election if he decides to contest.
Dr. Okupe, who is now the national leader of the Accord party, said that the only way to defeat Buhari in the next Presidential election is through a coalition of political forces.
The former Presidential spokesman spoke today, Sunday, when he addressed members of the Accord party in Ekiti State during the party’s state congress.
“With or without Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, PDP alone cannot defeat President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019,” he said even as he described the resignation by Atiku Abubakar from the APC as a big blow to the party and a sign that the party might eventually crash in 2019.
Okupe said that the APC “might pretend that Atiku’s defection is nothing but it’s definitely a big blow to the party,” saying that with the current condition of PDP and APC, Accord presented Nigerians an option as “a credible third force that is blowing across South West Nigeria and around the country.
“If you check properly, former Vice President Atiku has just left the APC now and this is a big blow. The PDP is virtually leaving an intensive care unit to the mortuary. APC is bleeding profusely. The two parties are in crisis, so no single party can defeat the President except a strong coalition.
“It took a coalition in 1998 to be able to send away the military. The coalition crystallized into PDP, which won election and held power for 16 years. It took coalition of forces again in 2015 to be able to wrest power from the PDP and that is what Nigerians should do in 2019.”[myad]