The Senator representing the Kogi West constituency, Smart Adeyemi, has stressed that the 2023 presidential election on February 25 is between the presidential candidates of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, and the All Progressives Congress, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
Smart Adeyemi who picked up the Kogi State governorship nomination form on Monday from the APC National Secretariat stressed that the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar does not stand a chance in the election.
After deciding to run for governor in the Kogi gubernatorial election set for November 11, 2023, Adeyemi told the press that the 2023 presidential election is a two-horse race between the two candidates from Southern Nigeria.
The former national president of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), who gave this assessment, commended the 19 Northern APC Governors for insisting that the centre of power must shift to the south.
In his evaluation of the anticipated performances of the presidential candidates, the Kogi State governorship candidate disregarded the PDP candidate, belittled the chances of Peter Obi, and stressed that Tinubu stands a better chance of winning the elections.
He said: “Why will anybody ask you to vote for Atiku? Was he not in charge of privatization? Was he not the one who sold out assets to non-performing companies? All those who do not know the history will be shouting Atiku. Atiku is not in the equation.
“Northern Governors in the APC insisted on a power shift to save Nigeria from the crisis. History will forever be kind to them. This election is between Asiwaju and Obi. Atiku is not in the race. Atiku cannot be in the race.”
He added: “They brought this redesigning of our currency to ridicule APC. Asiwaju creates wealth. Atiku sold our wealth and resources. I pity Peter Obi because politics is the way you are seeing it. Just yesterday, the entire Labour Party structure in the Northwest collapsed its structure for the APC. So, how is he going to win the election? Maybe he is a man for the future but in this election, the strength is not there.
“It is beyond street politics. I am from Kogi. There is no Labour Party presence in my constituency. Winning an election is about strategic thinking and planning not about talking too much
“I am supporting Asiwaju and Shettima not because they are APC but because of their records and contemporary issues in the Nigerian nation.”