Kamarudeen Ogundele, Abuja
The Minister of Interior, Abdulrahman Dambazau, has said former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku is no match for President Muhammadu Buhari and will suffer a bloodied nose in the 2019 presidential election.
Atiku is the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party while the incumbent President, Buhari is of the All Progressives Congress.
Addressing journalists at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja, Dambazau said while the President had used his position in and out of office to better the lives of people, Atiku had not impacted lives outside his immediate circle.
He spoke through his Senior Special Assistant and former Chairman, House Committee on Security, Aliyu Gebi.
He said, “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.
“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.”
Dambazau said the country had decimated Boko Haram, adding that the insurgency was in his last days despite the recent attack on Melete where soldiers were killed.
The former Chief of Army Staff said with the Chief of Defence Staff, Gen. Gbenga Olonisakin, taking a centre stage and promoting cohesion among the service chiefs, it was a matter of time for the insurgency to be completely wiped off. (Punch)