Probe South West votes – Buhari support group tells President
In a statement by its National Coordinator, Sikiru Abdulfattah, while thanking millions of Nigerians who voted in the presidential and federal legislative elections, the group specifically, thanked those that voted in support of President Buhari.
The statement read in part: “That the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has issued the Certificate of Return to our President, the winner of the election, is a testament to the progress being made.
”However, we wish to bring to the attention of the Presidency the need for an investigation into the dismal showing of the South West geo-political zone in the election of the President. This has become very pertinent in the context of the seemingly over-bloated sense of self-importance of some political leaders from the zone.
“Some political leaders in the zone, over the years, have arrogated to themselves the role of leader plenipotentiary but whose political output has started waning.
”Lagos State, for instance, with its over five million registered voters, and a solid political leadership within our great party, was only able to deliver over 130,000 votes difference in defeating the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s, Atiku Abubakar.”
“In Ekiti State, with the least number of registered voters in Nigeria, by comparison, had a better showing than Lagos. In Ogun State, where many had thought President Buhari would suffer the greatest loss, still made a winning margin of over 80,000 votes. In Osun State, our party managed to defeat the PDP with just about 10,000 votes – at great cost and the burning of an INEC office in the state.
We lost Ondo, lost Oyo and even the incumbent governor could not secure a senate ticket.
It is because of these and some many other issues too weighty to put out here that we call on the Presidency to investigate why the South West could not deliver more than some 350,000 votes margin of victory. It would be important to look into why the South West’s voting margin of just about 350,000, was wiped out by about the margin of victory for the PDP in Enugu State.
As we proceed into the next sets of elections, it would be necessary for the Presidency to re-access the basis of mobilisation and support for our great party.