The Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, believes President Muhammadu Buhari will defeat any of his contenders supported by former President Olusegun Obasanjo in 2019.
Mohammed said this on Monday at a press briefing while reacting to a statement that Obasanjo was not ‘taking a neutral stand’ ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
“I don’t think the former President has hidden his preference for the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar,” the ministers told reporters in Abuja.
“We wish him the very best of luck, but I want to assure you that his candidate will be defeated roundly and comprehensively.”
Mohammed stated that it was the constitutional right of the former President to support any candidate of his choice in the polls.
He, however, insisted that President Buhari was not bothered and urged Obasanjo’s to go out and “campaign vigorously for any candidate” that he wants to support.
Former President Obasanjo had on Sunday urged Nigerians to vote for credible candidates who would make their lives better in 2019.
Noting that he was not neutral on the elections, he said he would not sit on the fence and watch the country destroyed.
Meanwhile, the minister defended President Buhari’s decision to reject the Electoral Act Amendment Bill passed by the National Assembly, saying the president “has a constitutional responsibility to assent to or send back a bill to the National Assembly”.