A former governor of Yobe State, Bukar Abba Ibrahim has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) may not win the 2019 general elections “even with massive rigging.”
Bukar Abba, who represents Yobe East in the Senate on APC platform, said things were now worse in Nigeria under the APC government and that if the party does not make amends, it will suffer from defeat in 2019.
The senator, who spoke during a book presentation to mark his 70th birthday in Abuja at the weekend, warned of dire consequences for the party.
He also noted that the North East zone should not be taken for granted that it must support the APC, saying the people of the region are always independent-minded and could decide what is good for them politically.
“Simply put, things have not changed, and many things are worse and the people are bitter. We should not assume that we can win even with massive rigging.
“There are just certain things that progressive parties do and must be seen to do. We must be seen to obey the rule of law. If the courts rule, we must obey. We must respect the separation of powers and let the legislature make its independent decisions,” he said.
He said Nigeria’s economy has gone down under the APC and that the government must face the task of solving problems rather than blaming past governments “too much.”
The APC government, he added, must also stop selective fight against corruption and ensure that it releases the political prisoners it has been holding.
He said if nothing is done by the APC government, he would not hesitate to ask his people to go their separate ways and do the right thing for good governance in the country.