Senator Bukkar Abba Ibrahim (APC Yobe Central) had declared that North-eastern states may vote against President Muhammadu Buhari during the 2019 election.
Ibrahim, who is one of the frontline politicians and chieftains of the APC from the zone, stated this in Abuja at the weekend, adding that massive rigging may not save Buhari from imminent defeat.
Ibrahim, who is a three-term serving senator and former governor of Yobe State, spoke during the world-wide internet launch of his book ‘Poorlitics’ and 70th birthday celebration.
The event was held at the auditorium of the Barcelona Hotel, Wuse 11.
Senator Ibrahim’s wife, Khadijat Ibrahim is currently serving as minister of state, Foreign Affairs under the Buhari presidency.
In the speech he delivered at the occasion, Ibrahim said, “In fact, the politics of the North East has always been different from the politics of the North West and it was under APC that we all united for the first time.
“As we move towards the elections, I have to give a dire warning to the APC that things are no longer the way they were in 2015 when we rode to power on a cloud of euphoria believing that things will change for better.
“Simply put, things have not changed and many things are getting worse and the people are bitter. We should not assume that we can win even with massive rigging.
“The economy has gone down because of our action and inaction and we are blaming the past too much rather than solving the present problems. I am going to give a dire warning.
“Let the North East not be taken for granted that we must support APC. Our interest in the North East has always been progressive and I will personally be watching for required improvements in the APC before the elections.
“Improvements that can guarantee victory such as respecting the rule of law and releasing political prisoners as well as unselective war against corruption as against one sided witch hunt.”
He further declared that if the ruling party did not get its bearings in terms of good governance before the 2019 general elections, the North East will have no any other option than “to vote for candidate of another political parties,” one of whom is Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
He added, “I shall sit back and continue encouraging my party do the right thing.
“But if we don’t, I still reserve the capacity to ask my people to go our separate ways and do what must be done for good governance to reign in Nigeria.”