President Muhammadu Buhari’s Personal Assistant on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, has said that her boss will beat former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar in any part of the country when Nigerians go to poll in 2019.
Onochie made the assertion yesterday, December 3, in Abuja, during her when she appeared on the weekend edition of Channels Television’s political programme.
This comes hours after the former vice president announced that he has officially returned to his home, the Peoples Democratic Party following his resignation from the APC last month.
Part of the reasons Atiku gave for his defection was that the issues which made him leave the PDP in 2014 had been resolved and that the ruling party has failed the Nigerian people.
“I want to let you know that I am returning home to the PDP as the issues that led me to leave it have now been resolved and it is clear that the APC has let the Nigerian people, and especially our young people, down.
Speaking on the development with regards to whether the former vice president would be the biggest nightmare for the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and Buhari’s administration in the 2019 presidential election, she said, “absolutely not”.
“He (Atiku) may have had that weight some years ago but over the years he’s been losing that weight and at the moment, I can tell you that even in his local government area in his native Adamawa, he can’t win any election. So where is the weight?” the presidential aide asked.
Continuing, Mrs Onochie accused Atiku of distracting President Buhari from serving the good people of Nigeria, saying Buhari was not competing with Atiku bearing in mind that it was not yet time for the election.
“I think Alhaji Abubakar Atiku has lost touch with reality; I think he needs to check again. President Buhari is not competing with him at the moment, what he’s trying to do is to put President Buhari out of the good work he’s doing and to come to wallow in the mud with him.
“President Buhari is very busy trying to repair the damage that PDP did for 16 years to this nation, he is busy with the job of governance and trying to ease the pains that Nigerians have been going through over the past 16 to 17 years.
“The President also knows that the ban on politics has not been lifted; so, he is not going to come out to wallow in the mud of ‘he said, she said”.
Responding to the question on whether Atiku’s exit from the APC has any effect on Buhari, she said: “The president is not perturbed at all, he is not moved in any way.
“Alhaji Atiku is known to hobnob from one party to the other when he cannot have the control of the party. When he resigned from the PDP some years ago, he gave the same reasons he gave so many years ago and that’s what he has given again for leaving the APC.”