Following the failure of the Ime-Obi (inner caucus) of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, to reach an agreement on its planned adoption of President Goodluck Jonathan as its candidate for the 2015 presidential election, the Lagos State Chapter of the party has equally expressed likelihood of the president’s loss. The elders of the party could not agree to support endorse Jonathan at itss meeting held last Saturday in Enugu.
APGA Lagos Chairman, Campbell Umeh-Nzekwe, was quoted in an interview with Punch as saying the Jonathan had ‘no chance of winning’ the election.
“The game has changed. As it is, Jonathan has no chance of winning. Buhari seems to have taken over. The PDP has collapsed in the North if you care to know. All those who are running to Aso Rock and making promises to the President are just deceiving him,” he said.
Umeh-Nzekwe said it was time Ndi Igbo reviewed their strategy, adding that the scathing remarks by a renowned Catholic priest, Reverend Fr. Ejike Mbaka, against Jonathan during a sermon in Enugu had sent shockwaves across Igbo land.
Umeh-Nzekwe said Jonathan would not muster enough votes in the north, arguing that the odds appeared to favour the All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari.
He said, “Jonathan is a sitting President with incumbency factor in his favour but Buhari has the masses and a cult following in the North. In 2011, Buhari won 12 million votes in the North with his rag-tag party, the Congress for Progressive Change, without a single governor or senator to campaign for him.
“Today, his party, the APC, has 14 governors, 43 senators and 176 Reps as well as 625 House of Assembly members. Also, the APC has dominant control of the North-West with a total number of 18.4 million voters and North-East with 10.2 million while South-West has 13.4 million voters
“ The PDP has dominant control of the North-Central and Abuja with 10.4 million voters while the South-South has 8.5 million and South-East has 7.2 million votes.
“However, no zone has achieved 50 per cent of votes cast but northern voters are more committed and trustworthy than those in the South.
“Also, look at Jonathan’s campaign team. He has Col. Ahmadu Ali (retd.) as his Director General and Peter Obi as the deputy while Buhari has Governor Rotimi Amaechi and Senator Olorunnimbe Mamora as director general and deputy respectively. It is time for Ndi Igbo to review their strategy.”