The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has played down Peter Obi chances of being victorious at the 2023 presidential elections.

Speaking during an interview he granted to Arise TV media outlet on Friday, Abubakar referenced the poor performance of opposing LP during the just concluded governorship election in Osun State. He then cited the party’s lack of membership in both the national and state assemblies.

‘I really don’t expect the Labour Party to take as many votes from the PDP as people are suggesting.

‘We could have seen it in the last election in Osun state. What is the performance of the Labour Party?

‘This is a party that doesn’t have a governor, doesn’t have members of the national assembly, doesn’t have state assembly members, and politics in this country depends on the structures you have at the various levels — at the local government level, at the state level, and at the national level,’ he said.

The PDP flagbearer further highlighted the low presence of northerners on social media, stating that 90% of them are not netizens; which will dent the chances of LP Peter Obi for the 2023 presidency.

‘So, it is very difficult to expect a miracle to happen, simply because Peter Obi is in the Labour Party. After all, they were saying through social media, they had more than one million votes in Osun state.

‘But how many votes turned for the Labour Party? And then again, mark you, you’re talking about social media. In the north, 90 percent of our people are not tuned to social media,’ he said.

Furthermore, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar revealed that he stands a better chance of garnering the needed support of Olusegun Obasanjo, the former president of Nigeria. Recall that Abubakar served as vice president to Obasanjo at the start of the democratic era in Nigeria. Peter Obi had payed a visit to Obasanjo recently; adding to a host of trips he has made in the quest to churn out victory in 2023.

‘Why will I not need his support? He was my former boss. Why will I not need his support? Of course I will need his support. I assume I have it,’ Abubakar said.

Efforts are also being made by the PDP to settle any grievances between the party and Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State; who was dropped as running mate. This is according to Atiku Abubakar who spoke briefly on the strategies employed to garner support ahead of the 2023 election.

‘We are reaching out to Governor Wike and we are talking with him and I believe very soon we will find a reconciliation. In fact, very soon, because we are talking to him.

‘We are talking to his governor colleagues.I am very optimistic we are going to resolve our internal crisis and move on.

‘The committee that was set up at my own instance deliberated. There was no vote, and they recommended three names, because they knew it was my prerogative to pick anyone of the three. So, there was actually no vote. It’s not true.

‘He Governor Ortom himself chaired that committee. He knew there was no vote taken, and I have the report of that committee. The committee recommended three people and I picked one. I did not go out of that recommendation. So, I think people should be fair to me and should also state the fact,’ he stated.

As the 2023 general elections draw near, a large number of Nigerians especially the youths have resorted to supporting Peter Obi; who was the vice presidential candidate to Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 General Elections.

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