Governor Idris Wada of Kogi state has said that the popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari will not stop the All Progressives Congress from defeat in the November 21 governorship election in the state.
The governor made this statement while fielding questions from newsmen in Abuja on Thursday, August 20, when he visited the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to pay for his nomination form, The Punch reports.
Wada insisted that the PDP remains the most popular party in the state.
The governor acknowledged that Buhari’s popularity played a major role during the last general election but noted that PDP still performed brilliantly in the state.
He said: “You could observe that while Buhari won the presidential election in Kogi state, PDP clearly won the state assembly positions that show that PDP is clearly on the ground in the state.
“You can see the number of people that came here to support me; I did not invite anybody that shows that the PDP is alive in Kogi. By the grace of God, we will win the forthcoming election.
“No doubt, having the APC president will have impact on the election, I am confident that our people will vote massively for PDP. Definitely, Buhari’s popularity won’t help the APC.”
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The governor added that he is not disturbed by the party’s decision not to offer automatic ticket to him, adding that there was no provision for automatic ticket in the party’s constitution.
It would be recalled that the PDP had recently told the governor that the party cannot guarantee him a second term ticket in office.