The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, while addressing journalists at the All Progressives Congress (APC) Secretariat in Abuja, said that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is no match for President Muhammadu Buhari, adding that he (Atiku) will suffer bloodied nose in the 2019 presidential election.
Atiku and Buhari are the two main contestant for the forthcoming 2019 presidential election. The former VP is the candidate of the strongest opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while Buhari is the candidate of the ruling APC.
According to Dambazau, a retired army general, who served as Army Chief under a PDP led government, Buhari used his position in and out of officer to better the lives of people, but Atiku had not impacted lives outside his immediate circle.
“In this race (2019), there is only one gladiator and that gladiator is the current President. So, there is no contender. (Atiku) by saying this is the toughest election in the history of Nigeria, yes toughest for him, certainly not for the President,” Dambazau said through his aide, Aliyu Gebi.
“As far as I’m concerned, this will be the easiest election in the history of Nigeria as far as President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC are concerned; he (Atiku) will not even win Adamawa much less Taraba or Gombe and then come to Bauchi. We will ensure we do whatever we can, this will be the last Atiku’s outing and he will suffer a bloodied nose by the grace of God.”
He further noted that the Buhari government has so far destroyed the Boko Haram terrorist group, saying that the insurgency was in its last days despite recent gruesome attacks on soldiers in Borno.
Contrarily to reports, he noted that the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gbenga Olonisakin, is promoting cohesion among the service chiefs, adding that it was only a matter of time for the insurgency to be wiped out completely.