The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has claimed that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will not be able to win states controlled by the opposition party in 2023.
Abubakar asserted that the ruling party will get less than a quarter of the votes in states controlled by the PDP in the 2023 presidential election.
He made this known on Wednesday at the party’s National Secretariat while addressing its governorship candidates who received their Certificates of Return.
Atiku assured the governorship candidates that the PDP will work together as a team and make sure that they are all elected as governors in their respective states.
He said: “The question of saying that we are going to give a quarter or so to the ruling party must not arise in this election.
“I want to assure all of you that we will work together as a team and make sure you are all brought back elected as governors in your respective states.
“I will ensure we work together as a team in every state of this country, to enthrone a PDP government”.
In his remark, PDP National Chairman, Dr. Iyorchia Ayu, expressed the confidence that the party will retain all the 13 states it presently controls.
He said: “Most of them performed very, very well. We don’t have any fears that the people will vote them back to power or vote our candidates to power in those states where we don’t have governors.
“People have seen the ineptitude, the incapacity of the APC-led administration from the governorship level to the Presidency and I am sure by next year people will be voting PDP so we are also very sure that we will capture most states.”
Speaking on behalf of his colleagues, PDP governorship candidate in Ogun State, Ladi Adebutu, promised that the candidates would work hard to ensure their victory.
Adebutu urged his fellow PDP candidates to reconcile with aggrieved party chieftains in their states, especially the aspirants that they defeated at the primaries.
He said: “We know the journey is a long one. We still have many hurdles to cross but we are not perturbed by the task ahead because we are driven by the need to set our people free from the shackles of misgovernance.
“We take this as a challenge to work harder and we are particularly grateful to our people and our party for the platform. PDP has given us this opportunity to go forward and rescue our state.”
This article was originally published on Naija News