The Minister of Transportation, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Friday claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari will win the 2019 general election even if he is on sick bed.
Mr. Amaechi, also claimed that the governors of Sokoto and Kwara states, Aminu Tambuwal and Abdulfatah Ahmed respectively, would leave the All Progressives Congress, saying that their defection, alongside many others who are planing to leave the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) will not affect the chances of president Buhari in winning the 2019 general election in Nigeria.
When he was confronted that the APC might be heading for a collapse considering the gale of defection in the party just like what happened in the days of former President Goodluck Jonathan, the minister said:
“That’s according to you. Look, you are not a politician so you can’t be commenting on what you don’t know. In fact let’s look at it. Unfortunately I don’t want to speak about this but you are putting me under pressure.
“However, no matter what you do, the Governor of Sokoto will leave naturally. He has ambition to be president. If you take a chicken to him he will still go. The same with Kwara. These are people you expect that they will leave.”
“On those that defected at the House of Representatives and Senate, where do they come from? They come from areas that the President is comfortable. Do you honestly believe that the President will lose election in Sokoto? We are not God, but it’s one of his comfort zones.
“If you bring the President on a sick bed to Bauchi and Kano, he will win and he has never lost election in Bauchi. But that is a bit arrogant on our side; we should not underestimate them.
“I am not God. It is only God who can say the APC will win or not. But what is clear is that if you remove the God element, I think we are prepared to coast to victory because Nigerians will certainly reject a second looting. Nigeria can’t survive a second looting. Never!”
He said the delay by the opposition party to name its candidate for the presidential election about six months to the election would work in favour of the ruling party.
“In our time, it was clear who would be the APC candidate one year ahead of time,” he added.