nPDP No Threat To Buhari’s 2019 Victory – El-Rufai


Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, has said that President Muhammadu Buhari will still win the 2019 presidential election without the new PDP (nPDP), in the event that the aggrieved members of the power bloc decide to quit the All Progressives Congress, APC.

The Governor said this in an interview with State House correspondents on Tuesday.

El-Rufai, was in the Presidential Villa to brief President Buhari on the outcome of the local government election in his state.


According to him, since 2003, Buhari had been winning elections in Kwara, Adamawa, Kano and Sokoto States where most of the nPDP members come from.

The group recently petitioned the National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun and copied President Buhari among other chieftains of the party.


The petition, dated April 27, was signed by the Chairman of the nPDP, Abubakar Kawu Baraje and Secretary, Olagunsoye Oyinlola.

Baraje had last Wednesday led other members of the group to the National Secretariat of the APC where they gave a seven-day ultimatum to meet President Buhari.

The ultimatum elapsed Tuesday.

Governor El-Rufai, however, said he agreed that the grievances of the group should be looked into with a view to accommodating them as “politics is a game of addition, not subtraction.”

Asked whether the threat by the nPDP to leave the ruling party if their grievance are not addressed will not diminish the President’s electoral value, the Kaduna State Governor said, “I don’t agree and I want to go back to 2003. What are we talking about? Who are these new PDP people that are threatening? This is Kwara, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa, Rivers but I don’t think Amaechi is part of them. So let’s take these four states, go back to 2003 and check. Buhari then under ANPP won in all these four states.

“Go back to 2007, Buhari won in these four states. Even when Shekarau was running as a presidential candidate in 2011, Buhari defeated him in Kano. And, I have no doubt in my mind that even if the people threatening to leave, leave, it will have absolutely no impact on the presidential elections, the President will win Sokoto, Kwara and Adamawa easily.


“Kano is already in the bag; I mean if you saw the crowd that welcomed the President without the former Governor Kwankwaso, Kano has always been the President’s base.

“To me that is not the issue, the issue is that they have written, they have expressed grievances, some of the grievances are legitimate and should be looked into.

“But to threaten to leave the Party is neither here nor there. If they are honest with themselves they know that President Buhari will win those states with or without them. But if you have a grievance, we are a Party and politics is a game of addition not subtraction, so we don’t want to loose anyone.

“So, I think those the letters were addressed to ought to study it and look into what is reasonably possible to accommodate them because politics as I said is a game of addition.”

Justifying the use of electronic voting in last Saturday’s local government elections, El-Rufai said, it gave the people the confidence to elect their chairmen and ward councilors.

“I think it gave people the confidence that their votes mattered and for many people that didn’t even want to go out to vote in the elections, curiosity of the electronic voting machines brought them out.

“It made a lot of difference because the electronic voting machine has a record of how many people have voted and once the time for voting closes, it closes and you cannot take it and add more votes.”

On critics saying the electoral law does not support electronic voting, the governor said, “I don’t agree with that. There is an amendment to the Electoral Act that President Jonathan signed a few days before he left office, which legitimize the use of the card reader and other electronic systems for voting.

“So, in my view the current Electoral Act has provision for the electoral voting. But, that is not even what we used in Kaduna. In Kaduna, we enacted our own electoral law that made provision for the electronic voting machine and card reader, everything was totally legitimized and passed by our State House of Assembly and I think every state can do the same. But, I also believe that the current legal framework allows for it.”

Asked if he will recommend the use of electronic voting for the 2019 elections, he said, “Absolutely. I recommend it highly to everyone, I have already offered to my colleagues state governors that are yet to conduct local government elections that they can come to Kaduna and we can give them the machines on mutually acceptable terms.

“All you will need is to change the software, it will have the logo of the state and the number of parties active in the state and they can use it. It is easy.

“At federal level I will recommend it as well because with the card reader and the electronic voting machine, the era of rigging elections is almost over and I think that is when people will have confidence in the process and will come out en masse to vote for their leaders.

“Having said that, I know we have been working on this for about one year before we got to where we are. Although it is possible for INEC to do it, it will be logistically difficult.

“But nothing stops them from trying if the resources are available. Because, the machines have already been manufactured, the designs are there, you only need to place the orders to the Chinese and I’m sure they will deliver them in no time.

“But, you need some months to go round and do some advocacy, to show people how to use it. I think it may be possible to use it in the next elections but I am not INEC.

“INEC has better appreciation of their logistics challenges I can only give my own opinion about what I think. But, it is something that I highly recommend for adoption through out the country.”



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