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    2023: Obi Needs A Miracle To Win, Atiku Will Take Buhari’s Northern Votes – Ex-Presidential Aspirant


    Sep 14, 2022

    Except a miracle happens, the Labour Party (LP) candidate, Peter Obi can’t win the 2023 presidential election according to a former presidential aspirant.

    This position was adopted by a former presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mohammed Hayatudeen during a television interview.

    He argued that Obi would need some years to oil his political machinery or join one of the big parties if he is to actualize his ambition immediately.

    Hayatudeen however owned up that he may be totally wrong and the 2023 presidential election may just spring a surprise with Obi emerging victorious.

    Naija News reports he spoke on Tuesday on Channels Television’s Political Paradigm.

    In his words, “The conventional wisdom is that if someone like Peter Obi had a 10 to 15 years project to create a magnificent machine that is robust, that has structures over a period of seven to 10 years, then he can become a force to be reckoned with.

    “That is the view that I personally hold and I could be completely wrong. He might prove me wrong. I do not know but in a developing country such as ours…I will wait to see such a miracle happen in this election season.”

    Atiku Will ‘Inherit’ Buhari’s Northern Votes

    Speaking further on the programme, Hayatudeen said with President Muhammadu Buhari not on the ballot for 2023, his northern votes will shift to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

    He argued that Obi has a lot of work to do in order to penetrate the northern region of Nigeria.

    “President (Muhammadu) Buhari is not on the ballot; he was a cult figure and therefore a lot of people who voted in the North voted for him,” he said, noting that Atiku will garner President Buhari’s votes in the North.

    “I do not how much work Peter Obi has done and will do to appeal to northern sentiments. I really do not know because it is still a long campaign season but what I can tell you is that the PDP is not going to leave any part of northern Nigeria untouched.

    “PDP is very strong in the South-South. A bit of the South-West votes, I can guarantee you that. In the South-East, it will run very strong because the information available to me, indicates that there is no particular person that is strong,” he said.

    This article was originally published on Naija News


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