Tinubu’s Northern Advantage Over Kwankwaso, Atiku Revealed
The backing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) governors in the North has been seen as an advantage to the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Political analysts are of the opinion that the presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, may split Northern votes to Tinubu’s favour.
A popular columnist, Fredrick Nwabufo, told Daily Post that Tinubu would also get a substantial amount of votes from the North.
He said: “Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is the candidate with the obvious advantage.
“There are 14 APC governors in the northern States who are supporting Asiwaju, coupled with the popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari in the north, who is on the campaign trail with Asiwaju. No other candidate comes close to the goodwill Asiwaju Tinubu enjoys in the north.”
Also, the Arewa Youths Consultative Forum (AYCF), National President, Yerima Shettima said most of the APC governors in the North would ensure they win their states for Tinubu.
According to him, the APC vice-presidential candidate, Senator Kashim Shettima, would attract sympathy votes for the party’s ticket.
He stated that Tinubu would get majority of the votes in the Southwest and also split votes from the South-South.
Shettima: “There are all possibilities that it’s what would happen next month because they are the only two Northern candidates; they have their forces and little structures; this is why this favours the APC presidential candidate.
“Tinubu knows that the North is going to be more useful and productive because he knows he’s going to have the Southwest and will likely divide the votes in the South South.
“Going by my analysis as a lay man, the votes will be in favour of the APC candidate.
“The Southeast which is Atiku’s stronghold, Peter Obi has dominated that region.
“The vote will not go one way this time; Shettima is a stakeholder in the Northern part of the country and he is going to have sympathy votes. At the end of the day, APC will have an upper hand. Most of the Northern governors will vote in favour of their party.”