Buhari Will Score More Votes In 2019 Than In 2015, Says Mohammed Lawal |RN



Director-General of Buhari, Mohammed Lawal has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate in next Saturday’s presidential election, President Muhammadu Buhari is going to score higher votes than he did in 2015, to defeat the then incumbent, President Goodluck Jonathan.

Speaking with VINCENT KALU, the former Deputy Director of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council, emphasised that the ethnic groups that adopted Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have no electoral value.

Seven days to the elections, what are your expectations?

I want to congratulate in advance Nigerians on re-electing President Muhammad Buhari next Saturday. In the same vein, I also congratulate the president on his efforts that made his victory possible.

In this victory, everybody is a winner, no victor, no vanquished. He is not going to victimise anybody who abused him either in the social media or the mainstream media.

The whole country is his constituency and everywhere is his home and he is going to show love to all. People should dissuade the rumour that is gaining ground that he is going to victimize and chase people around. He is not going to hound anybody. He will extend more hands of love, even more to the opposition. He will like a strong opposition that can put him on his toes in order to work and deliver good governance.

He will be magnanimous in victory; he will carry everybody along, including former President Olusegun Obasanjo, the leaderships of NEF, Afenifere, Ohanaeze, PANDEFF, Middle Belt Forum, and the retired military generals. He wants everybody to come under the same roof to take the country to the next level.

There is no doubt that Buhari will win this election with landslide. We are mobilising to ensure that people turn out enmasse, especially my state, Zamfara, where there are security challenges. This time around, the number of votes the president will have will be almost doubled to what he scored in 2015.

Through my organisation, Buhari, we have been doing realistic poll, which is not biased or sentimental; we have discovered that more voters are following Buhari than in 2015. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) said that the number of registered voters increased by about 14 per cent.

Depending on the massive voters mobilisation campaign we are embarking, I’m assuring you that the figures will be about 15 million votes to Atiku’s 7 million, and if we increase the tempo of our mobilisation, it could be 20 million for Buhari and less than 3 million for Atiku, with a margin of five per cent.   

Based on the percentage of voters in the six geo-political zones, Buhari will score 90 per cent votes in the Northwest; in the Northeast, he will get 75 per cent; in the North central, give APC about 55 per cent; in the Southwest, it is about 80 per cent, in the Southeast, give Buhari about 30 per cent and in the South-south, Buhari will score about 25 per cent. These translate to 15 million votes for Buhari, and about 7 million for Atiku. That is the way it is going to be, and in order to buttress what I have said, there are two states in the country, Kano and Lagos, whose total voters represent about 20 per cent of total votes in this country, and these states are traditionally, strongly APC states. Kano is Buhari, and Lagos is Tinubu. Look at what is happening; if you go to Katsina, Sokoto, Jigawa, Niger, Zamfara, etc, these are traditionally states for Buhari.

That is why I have congratulated the president in advance because he is already coasting home to victory.

Williams and Associates, the United States-based polling firm predicted in 2015 that Buhari would win Jonathan with 54 per cent to 46 per cent, and it came to pass. It has also predicted that Atiku will win with 45 per cent to Buhari’s 33 per cent. How can you reconcile your position with this?

The indices are not the same; the complexity of 2015 and that of 2019 is entirely different, so we should not be deceived by that foreign poll. In 2015, what led to that victory was realistic. Now, what are the indices that the foreign firm used to arrive at their result?

Did they forget what Buhari has done in this country, decimating Boko Haram, fighting corruption head on, and carrying out massive infrastructural development, and he has aligned with the common people in this country.

He always aligns with the common people; if he sees a common man being oppressed, he would rise in his defence; that is the Buhari’s covenant with the common people of Nigeria, and he has endeared himself to their hearts and that is why they are following him. What we do is to make sure that our votes count and the common people are allowed to vote.     

Let us be realistic, the indices in 2015 are quite different from that of 2019, how can the foreign firm see what we here are not seeing. I never believed until now that there are interest groups in America, Europe that are working to the destabilisation of Nigeria. The case of Justice Walter Onnogen is a pointer. If a government functionary no matter how low tells lies, not to talk of Chief Justice of Nigeria that million of dollars were found in his bank account; if it were in America and European countries, he would have been jailed straightaway but Americans and other European countries are defending the CJN and saying that President Buhari acted in error, and they think we are foolish. Must we continue to keep quiet when things that are happening can jeopardise the integrity of the Judiciary?     

If the same firm that predicated Atiku’s victory has relationship with the firm that collected $2 million to facilitate the former vice president’s entry into the US, I’m not surprised. They can do the same to this firm to say that Atiku was going to win.

You are talking of Buhari winning the election, but regional organisations, including the Northern Elders Forum (NEF), Afenifere, Ohanaeze, Middle Belt Forum and Pan-Niger Delta Forum (PANDEF) have adopted Atiku

These organisations you have mentioned, are they the ones going to vote? It is the common people who are going to vote. It is not Ohanaeze, NEF, Afenifere, Pandef, and Middle Belt personalities that are going to vote.

It is not a question of making noise on the pages of newspapers, what is their electoral value? The leaderships of these organisations don’t have electoral value; individually, none of them has electoral value.

The electoral value of former governors of Kaduna State, Balarabe Musa, and his integrity is far greater than the members of NEF, and he is supporting Buhari.

The Obi of Onitsha, HRH, Achebe made one of the statements I ever heard about Buhari; his integrity is higher than that of Ohanaeze leadership, and he can mobilise the people more than Ohanaeze.

Buhari came and changed the way things were done; he is not sharing money, and he showed the light for people to follow and that is why they are fighting him.

It’s never done not only in Nigeria, but also in other climes, that a president will tell the people to vote for a candidate of their choice. All these organisations rely on people to vote and these people are already with Buhari.

Even the governors of South East are not with the Ohanaeze that has adopted Atiku because they know what Buhari has done for the zone in four years is more than what the PDP did in 16 years. So, some of the governors are with us.

How many states does Ohanaeze have; how many states does NEF have; how many states does Afenifere have; how many states does PANDEF have, likewise Middle Belt Forum?

Out of the 36 states, APC has 24, while PDP has 11, so we can differentiate political facts from fictions. It is Buhari that the common man is going to vote for; nobody has redefined the political landscape like Buhari in the past four years.

Obasanjo and his associates have the mindset that if they don’t have their way, Nigeria will be in flames, but we are not going to allow that to happen. Look at all what he said about Atiku in his book, and he has recanted; a man who is supposed to be a statesman, people are making caricature of him; even low level people calling him 90- year old baboon, monkey. What a disgrace; that is the level he has reduced himself, a person who is supposed to be an elder statesman. To him, if he doesn’t get what he wants, Nigeria can go to hell. Should that be the position of a man of his status?

You were a deputy director in the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council, in 2015, but you are not in the Buhari Presidential Council in 2019, why?

In 2015, there was a problem somewhere and I was called to solve it, as a deputy director in charge of coordinating and implementation. There were so many intrigues that the campaign council could not contain, and my friend, Shehu and I, had to manage them. Right now, I’m the DG of Buhari; our office is in Abuja. We are giving huge supports to the presidential council and other Buhari support groups in terms of campaigns, materials, logistics, information, research, and intellectual analysis toward where and how to mobilise for votes. Most importantly, in my state, which has experienced some political turmoil, we are doing great mobilisation for the party, and it is yielding great dividend.

I’m satisfied with this new role, where I’m contributing immensely to the success of the presidential council and they so much appreciate my efforts.     (The Sun)


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We Will Remove Saraki As Senate President – Mohammed Lawal |RN


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Buhari ally Mohammed Lawal cautions those thinking the President would to succumb to any form of intimidation to perish such thought.

Former Deputy Director of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council, Engineer Mohammed Lawal, has warned those who think that President Muhammad Buhari was going to succumb to any form of intimidation to perish such thought.

In an interview with VINCENT KALU, Lawal said the president is not former President Goodluck Jonathan, who capitulated to Obasanjo’s bullying. He declared that Senate President Bukola Saraki will be served the bitter dose of impeachment he had planned for Buhari when the National Assembly reconvenes.

How do you react to the gale of defection that hit your party, the APC?

Their grievance is that they wanted to be accommodated, and their grievance is not against the President. For example, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki wanted to be given the entire APC structure in Kwara State, and be given the party ticket and to return as the Senate President.

Kwankwaso wanted the same thing in Kano; Tambuwal is very ambitious in his Sokoto State.

These people are very selfish. About 90 per cent of appointments going to Kwara State is Saraki’s nominees. These people are not careful, they are not patriotic and they are telling Nigerians who they are – ungrateful people.

The same way they left PDP for APC is not the same way they are moving back to PDP, people are watching them and doubting their sincerity. We are watching them, it is not over.

Saraki is still the Senate President, while Abdulfatah Ahmed is still the governor of Kwara State, there has never been an election in the state. They said it that during elections, Saraki shares money to ensure that he and his people win. This is what has been going on in Kwara. As far as he is concerned, he will use the money to put his people.

Look at the revelation coming out from the Offa bank robbery incident, where over 30 people were killed. The suspects confessed to the whole world that during elections, Saraki armed and give them money to ensure his victory and that of his people.

Look at what happened in Sokoto, members of the state House of Assembly were given N32 million each to decamp with the governor to PDP. Some of them later returned to APC. We are not dispirited; this will make us work harder.

Are you worried these defectors can stop Buhari’s re-election?

We are doing a lot, and we are not going to disclose on the pages of newspapers what we are doing. We know the power and we have tasted power and we are in power, and what happened under President Goodluck Jonathan cannot succeed with President Muhammadu Buhari. The president can never succumb under intimidation from anybody; nobody can intimidate him.

Obasanjo succeeded in undoing Jonathan, but he can never succeed against Buhari, and he knows. We are students of power, and if not because we don’t want Nigerians to say that Buhari is not a Democrat, it shouldn’t have been like this. We would have moved against these people. We know what Saraki was planning to impeach the president. The chairman of the party arranged for them to see the president after they have seen him, he turned back to frustrate the president and to undermine the party, and had already made up his mind on what he was going to do. We will see how far they can go, we have our own plan, and we are in power.

The game is not over, it is going to be interesting; when the Senate reconvenes we will see what will happen, and let them not take for granted the tolerance, patience that the president has shown all this while.

Look at the delay in the budget passage for almost six months; do you know its consequence on the economy and the people? This shows that these people are not patriotic.

Are you saying the development can’t disrupt the Buhari government?

Yes, it can, but they can’t succeed. What they wanted was to initiate impeachment proceeding against the president, that is, following a court pronouncement, but they didn’t have the number. Let them resume, the impeachment he was planning for the president will go to him.

Do mean the Senate president may likely be impeached?

Is it a big deal to impeach him; what is the big deal if he is impeached? That was a second time he nursed the idea of impeaching the president, so if he is impeached, what is the big deal about it; is he above impeachment, what is wrong with impeaching him? That is what he wanted to do to the president.

Is what happened in Benue were eight lawmakers out of 30 tried to impeach Governor Ortom part of what awaits the defectors?

No. You heard what the president said when he learnt of the defectors, he wished them well in their new party. He was not disappointed with them because, any of them who wants to come back, he would embrace him. I assure you many of them will soon realise their mistakes. He is not going to join issues with any of them; it is their fundamental right to go where they want. The killings in Benue are a very bad case, but the governor has made it political.

Some Nigerians allege that former military generals, Obasanjo, IBB, Danjuma, Gusau etc are the ones fuelling this crisis in the ruling party. Do you agree with them?

There are some that have come out openly to sponsor and promote disharmony. Some of them have also advised the president not to contest again. They have money that they can give to people.

Like Obasanjo, who has made so much money, but he thought that Buhari was Jonathan. He is going to fail in this project against Buhari. We are going to sort it out with him. What are their motives for trying to stop Buhari? They want to stop him because he said Nigerians should enjoy the wealth of this country and that it should be evenly distributed, but one person wants to corner everything for himself alone and his family. You bought the Transcorp Hotel, you forced the governors to donate money and you built a presidential library that cost billions of Naira.

The president wants the national cake to go to all Nigerians but these people said, no. With TSA, he has blocked most of the leakages where some of these people were feeding fat on the government, and they are not happy because more money is going into development. These people are happy seeing Nigerians suffer.

How are you going to handle close associates of the defectors who are still in APC?

Honour dictates that they should resign. If they don’t, we will force them out and continue with the change agenda. There were so many of them who were PDP in the night and APC in the day, and this possesses some challenges in actualising the programmes of the party, but now that they have left, the party will be properly focused.

Look at Bolaji Abdullahi, he knew that Saraki wasn’t there again, so he left. The honourable thing for the remaining ones to do is to leave, or we would act. No two ways about it, they have to leave the party so that we concentrate.

What are your strategies for winning the election?

In fact, for too long these people have been playing with our intelligence, taking us for granted, and taking our benevolence and accommodation for weakness. It will depend on the state. Example, in Kwara, it may require putting five policemen per polling unit in order to deter the remnants of Saraki ‘good boys’ if they still remain, from doing disturbing the elections, we will do that.

In Sokoto, five Police Mobil per unit. In Benue, with Senator Akume holding the fort, we may consider five soldiers 500 meters to each polling unit with five civil defences.

Other states have their strategic plans in the kitty, reviewing from time to time depending on the political exigencies, all geared towards ensuring free, fair and peaceful elections, where every vote counts.

How do you market Buhari for 2019?

It‘s going to be tough, but what is working in our favour is that as far as the gladiators are concerned, is there any of them better than Buhari in terms of integrity, honesty and sincerity of purpose?

He has done so much beyond the imagination of the opposition. Look at the standard gauge railway from Lagos to Ibadan, which is a priority for the Yoruba. You can’t say it’s a wrong decision by the government. The project has been on the drawing board for so many years and the PDP government didn’t have the political will to start it, but now the project is ongoing.

No matter how bad you hate Buhari or attach a religious bigotry badge on him as Obasanjo and others are trying to do, you cannot deny the fact that he met about ten major roads in this country that can dramatically change the economic fortune of this country that the previous PDP government ignored.

We raised Sukuk bond of about $100 billion, and approved $10 billion for each of these roads, and mobilised contractors, these roads are about 50 per cent completed. You cannot deny some parts of Borno were under the control of Boko Haram before Buhari came, but those areas have been liberated.

In the area of security, nobody would say that we have not tried. Nobody will say that the challenges we have in the North-East, Middle Belt, South-South, South-East, South-West and even in the Northwest, are not being attended to. In the area of agriculture, nobody can say that we have not attended to eating what we grow, and growing what we want to eat. We came out of recession. There are a lot of things we have done.

In the Southeast, the leaders of the region are joining APC not because they want money, but they saw that for 16 years what didn’t happen in the zone is happening. Anybody doubting it should travel from Onitsha to Enugu or drive from Enugu to Port Harcourt. Is it the Second Niger Bridge, visit there and see if something is not happening there, visit the erosion sites in the Southeast and see if something is not going on there. All these are areas of activities of which the Southeast leaders are grateful and they started joining APC.

But because of the new emerging herdsmen problem in the North Central, which is even more pronounced in Buhari’s Northwest region of Zamfara, where the same herdsmen are killing their own brothers and sisters more than in Benue State.

People are talking because PDP is brandishing money and other things to change the narrative and the game. This is my position, if Nigerians want PDP to come back and do what they did in 16 years let them come back, we all will suffer it together, but nobody will intimidate us. If it is the rofo rofo fight, we are ready.  (The Sun)


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