A former Minister of Information, Chief Tony Momoh, on Friday, said the defection of Senate President, Bukola saraki and other Bigwigs from the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not stop President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election in 2019.
Momoh made the remark in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Lagos, saying Buhari would still win the defectors in their domains.
The former minister said Buhari in 2015 got more votes than most of the defectors in their respective zones and states, and the same thing would happen in the next election.
He further advised APC not to lose sleep over the defection, as Buhari would record his biggest win ever in 2019.
Momoh said: “I do not think the defection would stop the President from winning in the next election.
“I will not say that it will not affect the votes of the president; votes are about people, and now that some people have left, it will have some impact.
“But I do not think that the impact will be such that it would stop the president from winning.
“Come to think, the president got more votes more than the defectors in their senatorial zones and states mostly in the North in 2015.
“Overall he got 15million votes in the election. Now that he is a president who has performed well, he will get more votes mostly in the South-South and South-East.
“He has delivered great projects in these two regions which did not really vote for him in 2018.The votes the president will get in these regions will make up much more for the very few votes he might lose to defections in the North,” he said.
Recall that the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Aminu Tambuwal, Samuel Ortom, Bolaji Abdullahi among other bigwigs dumped the APC for the People’s Democratic Party(PDP) in recent days.
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