Defeating Buhari won’t be easy in 2019, says Egwu

Former Governor of Ebonyi State and Senator representing Ebonyi North in the Senate, Dr. Sam Egwu, at the weekend said President Muhammadu Buhari would be a hard nut to crack by his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in next year’s presidential election even though PDP has rebranded. Egwu also said contrary to political watchers’ view rigging may not work in the general election. Speaking with journalists in his Umuebe Farms, in Ohaukwu Local Government Area of Ebonyi State, Egwu said though PDP look good to winning the elections, the party still has lots of work to do to win the general election. Describing Buhari as an incumbent and someone who has all the needed support in the general election, he said anybody that tells you it will be easy to defeat him is not sincere. Egwu said PDP has been greatly rebranded, “even our chairman has apologized where he made a mistake and I am a PDP person. So, I believe we have what it takes to win but it is not going to be easy.

“This incumbent is someone that has the support of all, someone who comes with the mantra of shange, fighting corruption and making sure that all the security issues are addressed. So it is left for Nigerians to judge whether all these issues have been seriously addressed. “But to be honest, they have tried in many areas. I don’t believe that you just wake up and condemn someone because you want to rule the person out; the President has tried his best. This country is a very complex country where if you are moving this way people will be pushing you that way.

The President has tried; there is now doubt about it. “As opposition party, you know opposition is when you have done something they will say you have not done it well because they want to be there but I’m sure by the end of the day God will decide who will be there. Egwu predicted that rigging will not work this time around because people are much more aware; “people will want to guide their votes. If they are depending on rigging, I’m not sure that will work.”

He said unlike what happened in Osun and Ekiti where elections were held separately security apparatus and INEC were mobilized, the general election will be different because voting and other things will be happening simultaneously in all the states. “They will be overstretched. Hence, the best thing that should be done is to allow for free and fair election. Based on that I don’t think any state will allow INEC to go contrary to what is stipulated in the Electoral Act,” he said.

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