A former Minority Leader of the House of Representatives, Farouk Aliyu, on Wednesday, boasted that at least 5 of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, 2023 Presidential Aspirants can easily defeat the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, 2023 Presidential Candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, in the general elections,
He said this when he appeared on Channels Television’s ‘Politics Today’.
His exact words: “We have more than five people in APC that can beat Atiku Abubakar. Amaechi, Bola Tinubu, Emeka Nwajiuba, Vice President Osinbajo can.
“Majority of the Aspirants can beat Atiku Abubakar. We are also the ruling party, we are not going to sit by and allow these things to go like that. We will do our homework to ensure that things are done properly, that Nigerians will vote APC for what we have done.”
When asked if Atiku’s emergence as the PDP Candidate is forcing the APC to search the Northern region for its Flagbearer, Aliyu did not directly reply the question, stating that some APC Leaders are considering shopping for a credible person as the party’s Candidate for the 2023 general polls.
According to him, President Muhammadu Buhari, being the APC Leader, is looking for a credible Nigerian Candidate that will be generally accepted by the masses.
He noted: “The President, who is the Leader of the party, is looking for a Nigerian Candidate. I am one of those that are looking for a Nigerian Candidate.
“I have no sentiment for North or South. I am looking for a Candidate that can beat Atiku Abubakar at the polls, wherever he might be from. I am sure our party is going to do the right thing.”