Former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has described the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, as a lightweight politician.
Naija News reports that Oshiomhole stated this on Wednesday during an appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
The former Governor of Edo State said Atiku does not have the same electoral value as President Muhammadu Buhari in the North and other parts of the country.
According to Oshiomhole, the former Vice President has been tested and failed during the administration her served under.
“With all due respect to our elder statesman, Atiku Abubakar, he cannot dispute the fact that where Buhari stands electorally, he cannot speak. He has been tested and he failed,” he said.
APC To Benefit From Buhari’s Support Base
Speaking further, Oshiomhole said the ruling party will benefit from the support base of President Buhari in the 2023 elections because many people still respect and believe him.
He said: “President Buhari is not eligible to re-contest and I believe APC will still benefit from his support base because those who believe in him still believe in him.
“The reasons they believe in him are still constant — that he is an honest man, a committed Nigerian who fought for the unity of the country, a man of few words, but he commands huge integrity.
“I don’t believe that those qualities have gone. I believe people still respect him a lot for those reasons.”
Naija News reports that Buhari had secured a large number of votes with his huge political followership, especially in the Northern part of the country.
However, there have been questions on if Buhari, whose tenure ends in 2023, will have any significant influence on his party in the 2023 general elections.