Ahead of Saturday’s presidential election, President Goodluck Jonathan has described his main challenger, Maj. Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (retd.) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, as a gamble that is not worth taking by Nigerians.
He expressed the confidence that Nigerian would not make the mistake of electing the APC flag bearer as president, saying Buhari was not the right option for the country at this time.
Jonathan said this in an interview he granted an online news medium, TheCable, which was published on Thursday.
The President noted that while he could not claim to be perfect, majority of Nigerians would still prefer him to Buhari.
Jonathan is running for second term on the platform of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
He said, “I don’t think Nigerians will make the mistake of voting for Buhari.
“Gen. Buhari, with due respect, is not the right option for Nigeria at this time. It is a gamble that is not worth taking.
“I may not be perfect as nobody is perfect. But I believe that come Saturday, the majority of Nigerian voters will choose me as the best candidate to lead the nation forward”.
Speaking on the chances of the APC, Jonathan said it was his view the opposition party was being over-hyped, adding that his assertion would be proved right when the party squares up against the ruling PDP in an electoral contest tomorrow (Saturday).
“You should remember the Ekiti governorship election last year. Before the election, many people were saying APC would win by a landslide. But we in the PDP were busy mobilising the grassroots, going from village to village, from town to town.
“The result shocked everybody, apart from us at the PDP. I am not underrating APC, but I think they are grossly overrated.
“We shall meet on the field. That is where we will test our true strengths. We are fully ready. You will soon see”, the president boasted.
Jonathan said Lagos State remained the real battleground between the two parties in the South West, saying he does not see the APC retaining Oyo and Ogun States.
He added that recent development had shown him that the PDP was taking a new shape in the nation’s commercial capital.
The President said, “Ekiti and Ondo are already controlled by PDP. I don’t see APC winning Oyo and Ogun.
“And from the last governorship election in Osun, you could see that the gap between PDP and APC was very narrow, judging from the figures.
“Other factors will still be at play and the best you can say for now is that Osun is a tossed-up state, as Americans call it.
“The real battleground is Lagos, and if you have been following events closely, the PDP is reborn in Lagos. Wait and see how Lagosians will vote”.
President Jonathan also said the choice of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), as Buhari’s running mate would not make any difference in the zone because like Buhari, Osinbajo has never won an election before.