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Opposition Yet To Prove It Can Win Buhari – Segun Adeniyi I The Precision

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The
former Special Adviser on Media and Publicity to the late President
Umaru Musa Yar’Adua, Olusegun Adeniyi, on Thursday said the opposition
parties had yet to demonstrate how they would defeat President Muhammadu
Buhari in 2019 despite their frequent calls on the electorate to ensure
they got their Permanent Voter Cards.

 

Adeniyi spoke during the review of his book, ‘Against the run of play’, at the Ibadan School of Government
and Public Policy. He said unlike in the past, Nigerians had yet to
know who to vote for less than a year to the next election, even if they
had to dump Buhari.
He
said, “I don’t expect anything different in the 2019 elections. I expect
that the Independent National Electoral Commission will perform better
than it did in 2015. I also expect that whoever wants to be President,
either the incumbent or a challenger, should challenge the process and
at the end of the day, we’ll see what happens.

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“The challenge for
the opposition is that they have to get their acts together. I keep
saying it, by the end of 2012 for instance, we already knew who was
going to challenge Jonathan in 2015. You can’t say the same thing today.
And you need a cohesive opposition to defeat an incumbent. Right now,
if you are asked who would be the next candidate, you can tout many
names but you are not sure.

“And for me, there are only two
political parties right now; there may be others in future, but now it’s
either the APC or the PDP. All these Red Card, Third Force and others
are helping the incumbent.

“Yes, the call by the opposition
parties on the people to get their PVCs can play a part, but what I
think basically is that Buhari’s biggest challenger today is ‘go and get
your PVC’. That is not a candidate. Yes, People will get their PVCs but
who are they voting for? ”

The book reviewer, Prof Ayo Olukotun,
praised Adeniyi for shedding light on what happened behind the scene in
the last general elections. (NAN)

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