A former Senate Minority Leader, Senator Godswill Akpabio, has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari will win the presidential election within three hours of voting.
The former Governor of Akwa Ibom State also claimed that the state would be first Buhari will win on February 16.
The lawmaker, who spoke in an interview with journalists in Uyo, was responding to a question on the possibility of violence in Akwa Ibom during the election following his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
According to him, the people of the state have already decided who they will vote, insisting that there is no battle ground in the state.
Akpabio said, “APC had taken over Akwa Ibom even before I joined the party. By the time I decided to join APC, by the time I landed at the airport, the whole airport was APC.
“The whole of the airport to the town was APC. The whole of the plaza in Uyo was APC, the jubilation was infectious.
“Women and men were bringing their brooms from under their bed, which means they had been hiding them because of me and they were sweeping the roads.
“A distance of 20 minutes took us over two hours to cover because of the jubilation. I was now saying that so all these people belong to APC.
“When I asked them, they said, “Sir, after you left office, the situation wasn’t the same again. We have moved to APC”. And I asked them when, and they said since 2015.
“If you ask the APC headquarters, they will tell you that we have over 300,000 card-carrying members who joined the party within six weeks.
“When I hear that Akwa Ibom is going to be a battle-ground, I laugh because there is no battle-ground in a state that has already shown direction.
“I can confidently confirm to you that the first state President Buhari will win within three hours of voting in Akwa Ibom.
“It is not because of me but because of the change that the Federal Government has started. The reason I am being attacked is just because I am a leader here and a lot of people came out boldly to associate with APC when I joined, but the people have rejected PDP before I declared for APC.”
The Senate Minority Leader, Godswill Akpabio, on Sunday visited President Muhammadu Buhari in London. Earlier, two presidential aides confirmed on Saturday that the senator is defecting from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
Bashir Ahmad, personal assistant to the president on online media, broke the news of the senator’s visit to the president Sunday morning.
Mr Ahmad posted on his official Twitter handle, photos of Mr Akpabio shaking hands and also posing with Mr Buhari.
Mr Buhari is on a 10-day vacation in London.
Mr Akpabio, who represents Akwa Ibom North West District in the Senate, is a former governor of Akwa Ibom.
Although disliked by some people because of his ruthless brand of politics, Mr Akpabio is widely respected as one of the most influential politicians in Akwa Ibom and Nigeria’s South-South region.
He handpicked Udom Emmanuel, a former executive director in Zenith Bank, appointed him Secretary to the State Government (SSG), groomed, and later installed him as governor of Akwa Ibom in 2015, despite opposition within his party, the PDP.
He is also responsible for the election and the appointment of several people in the state into public offices.