The Director, Special Duties (iv) of the All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council (APC-PCC) Chief Ayiri Emami on Monday said from what has been witnessed in the campaigns so far, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu will definitely win the 2023 presidential election.
Speaking in an interview with DAILY INDEPENDENT, Emami also disagreed with the claim by Kaduna state governor, Nasir El-Rufai that Peter Obi, the Labour Party presidential candidate will win in the entire South-South and South-East regions.
Describing the election as a contest between the APC and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), He said Obi will not win in any of the South-South states.
Also speaking on why the South-South will support Tinubu despite the fact that Ifeanyi Okowa, the PDP vice-presidential candidate is from the region, Emami said Okowa who is the incumbent Delta state governor has not performed well to the expectations of the people.
On the contrary, he said Tinubu, who is an in-law of the people of Delta has performed creditably well by extending hands of fellowship to the people and also assisted in solving their problems.
“Asiwaju will make a lot of impact; I have said it before now. The governor (Ifeanyi Okowa) is a very good friend and an elder brother. But with due respect, he has not done very well for the people. Warri is an oil city; we are in total darkness; roads are not good; people are not happy”.
“So, it’s already showing that Asiwaju and Ovie-Omo Agege are making a lot of waves. To a lot of Deltans, Tinubu is our in-law and that is working for him. So, if Asiwaju goes to South South, he is talking to his in-laws and we know he is going to do a lot for us. Even before now, he used to extend his hand of fellowship to us. When we have a problem, we run to him and he solves it”.
“As Director of Special Duties, I have done a lot of studies because sometimes I am very angry when people say (Peter) Obi is going to have more votes in the South South. It is not the way people are looking at it”.
“There is a family in my local government. If everybody is in this party, they will be at the other party. When some of us were in PDP, they were in the Labour Party because (Great) Ogboru was using Labour then. When APC came, they moved to APC and we moved with them. I thought when Obi’s Labour party is back, they would move”.
“I organised one event, trying to sensitise people to pick up PVCs and I tried to go around the entire local government to know the members of the Labour Party, but we couldn’t find any. Maybe one or two persons now who could not get APC tickets are there to get the ticket to contest”.
“What I see is PDP versus APC. That’s one thing I want to still advise my people to come out and give proper support to Asiwaju because Asiwaju will definitely win. And if he wins, the North will say they are the ones that supported Asiwaju, that we didn’t come out to support Asiwaju”.
“When (Nasir) El-Rufai was saying Obi will win South-south and South East, to some of us, we felt pained. That means he’s not doing his study properly or maybe they are trying to even sabotage us so that at the end of the day we cannot go and start laying claims that we actually worked for Asiwaju. If not, whatever El-Rufai was saying, 80 percent of it was true”.
“But saying that Obi is going to win South South is very painful to us. He is somebody we respect. I don’t see Obi winning anywhere in South South. You can check it out”.