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Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by Islie: 6:52am On Feb 11
Massive crowds at Bauchi, Jigawa, Katsina, Kaduna show PDP candidate has altered equation




By Adedayo Akinwale in Abuja and Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano



The mammoth crowd of supporters that attended yesterday’s rally of the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano has further strengthened the growing forecast that the main opposition party’s flag bearer is in strong contention in areas hitherto believed to be strongholds of President Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Buhari had won convincingly the massive voting North-west states of Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Kaduna, Katsina, Jigawa and Kano in the 2015 general election that saw him squaring up with the incumbent, Dr. Goodluck Jonathan, making bookmakers to declare them his strongholds.

But with the advent of Atiku and his campaign, the large numbers of enthusiastic supporters that subscribed to his rallies have got analysts rethinking their permutations and giving the PDP standard bearer a winning chance in some of the states.

Atiku’s rallies in Jigawa, Kaduna and Katsina, the home state of the president, drew such an unprecedented crowd that some leading lights of the APC, THISDAY learnt, have expressed fears privately that Buhari might have shed a heavy weight.The situation is not markedly different in the North-east states of Bauchi and Bornu that were thought to be Buhari’s impregnable fortresses. If anyone had any doubt that that was no longer the case, said one analyst, Atiku’s last week’s rallies in those states must have cleared such doubt.

Perhaps encouraged by the massive crowd, Atiku spoke glowingly of the failure of Buhari’s government, saying that it has brought the nation’s economy to its knees and must be punished for it.

The punishment, he said, should come in form of votes that would send its President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration out of office.

With all available spaces occupied by PDP’s followers at the stadium, 28 persons were said to have slumped at the event, while the huge crowd that flooded the stadium made it difficult for movement within the Kano metropolis, especially around the stadium.

People were seen lined up the streets, as early as 9am to welcome Atiku to the ancient town. As soon as he arrived in the city, the presidential candidate headed to the palace of the Emir of Kano, Alhaji Muhammadu Sanusi.

For a journey of less than 20 minutes, it took Atiku-led campaign team over four hours to get to the palace and another three hours to get to the stadium because of the human/vehicular traffic created by Atiku’s visit.

He was accompanied by the Director-General of the presidential campaign, Senate President Bukola Saraki; the National Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus; and former governor of Kano, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso; among other key party’s leaders.

Until recently, Kano was a Buhari stronghold, securing his highest number of votes, nearly two million, in 2015. Kwankwaso, who was the governor of the state when this happened, is now in PDP.

Speaking to PDP supporters, Atiku disclosed that if given the mandate on Saturday, he would support the renewal of agriculture and the economy, which according to him, are in shambles.

He said: “Are you going to vote for PDP? If you vote for PDP, the government will revitalize business and the moribund industries in Kano. We will also boost agriculture.

“I will ensure that among my priorities would be the revitalization of agriculture, industries and commercial activities so as to boost the economy, which has been killed by the APC government.”

Atiku noted that Kano, which used to be the centre of commercial activities in the North, is experiencing backwardness in business and commerce.

Also speaking at the rally, the PDP national chairman told the overwhelmed crowd that the Kano rally represents a revolution and a pointer that Kano people have reembraced PDP.

Saraki said there is hunger in Nigeria, accusing the APC government of bringing hardship on the people, saying there is need for Nigerians to vote out the government.

“Today, Kano people have spoken; and what we have seen in this unprecedented crowd today is that PDP has taken over Kano. People have agreed to vote for PDP. A vote for PDP and a vote for Atiku will put food on our table,” the Senate president added.

In his address, former governor of the state, Kwankwaso said the mammoth crowd had sent a message to Aso Rock that PDP has already taken over Kano.

‘’Today, Kano people and particularly, the youths have shown that Kano is for PDP and Kwankwasiyya,” he said.

Atiku, who was visibly overjoyed over the mammoth crowd, was clad on Kwankwasiyya red cap and white Babarriga to match.

Meanwhile, with six days to the presidential election, PDP has called on its members and supporters to use every legitimate means available to them in a democracy to defend themselves and resist all acts of intimidation by the ruling APC.

The main opposition party said it has resolved to use, in full measure, all defence machinery legitimately available, including its numerical strength, in marching with millions of Nigerians across the nation to defend its votes, with the stiffest resistance, ever, against any infraction by the APC and the Buhari presidency.

The Director of Media and Publicity, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, made the call yesterday while addressing a press conference in Abuja.

He said: “You will particularly recall that on February 4, 2019, the PDP handed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) a 48-hour ultimatum to make public the list of all officials and ad-hoc staff that will play any form of role in the February 16 Presidential election at all levels, for verification by stakeholders.

“That demand was predicated on our findings that the INEC leadership in deferring to directives by Buhari Presidency and the APC had collected lists of APC loyalists from APC state governors and candidates, across the federation to serve as electoral officials, including ad-hoc staff and returning officers at the polling units.

“You will recall that upon our demand the APC openly directed INEC to ignore the PDP and go ahead with its compromised list. Shockingly INEC leadership appeared to have obeyed the APC, ostensibly because of threats by the party to give its leadership the Onnoghen treatment if it fails to comply.”

Ologbondiyan noted that this was in addition to how the presidency has been importing mercenaries from Chad and Niger Republic to vote for Buhari and to unleash violence in the country upon his eventual defeat.

He said the party had also alerted of plots to manipulate the smart card readers so as to substitute biometric accreditation with manual verification and pave way for mass rigging and allocation of fictitious votes for Buhari.

Ologbondiyan stated: “From the foregoing, it is clear to all that the Buhari presidency and the APC are out to rig the election and that INEC is in clear deficit of the required will to conduct a credible, free and fair election.

“In this regard, the PDP charges all its members and supporters, in their millions, to politically occupy and become extra vigilant by closely monitoring all electoral activities around their polling centres.

“In this determination, the PDP is ready to confront the Buhari-controlled security forces and APC thugs, head to head, at all levels. For this, we charge our members and supporters to use every means available to them legitimately in a democracy to defend themselves and resist all acts of intimidation by the APC.”


https://www.thisdaylive.com/index.php/2019/02/11/atikus-kano-rally-throws-open-buharis-northern-strongholds/amp/

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by helinues: 6:53am On Feb 11
Lol.. As if Incumbent GEJ didn't get more than that crowds in 2015

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by Firefire(m): 6:54am On Feb 11
Good bye to Mohomodu Buhary.


A good man with bad intentions...

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by Firefire(m): 6:58am On Feb 11
Trend analysis shows it is likely to take a massive rigging with collaboration with FGN security apparatus for Buhari to win. If the election is free, fair and credible, that feat will be difficult to achieve.

Here is why:

FACTCHECK: When the Buhari's image was intact without coalition, the largest votes he got couldn't make him President, until a coalition of forces and interests along with the masses made it happen in 2014/2015.

Today, due to inability of Buhari to show that he is competent to pilot the affair of this nation, 60% of the coalition that brought him to power had collapsed and they have left him.

DATELINE:

In 2003
Obasanjo: 24,456,140
Buhari: 12,710,022
MARGIN:12,746,118

2007
Yar'Adua: 24,638,063
Buhari: 6,605,299
MARGIN: 18,037,764

2011
Jonathan: 22,495,187
Buhari: 12,214,853
MARGIN: 10,280,334

2015
Buhari: 15,424,921
Jonathan: 12,853,162
MARGIN: 2,571,758

The margin of defeat had always been above 10 millions without coalition, even with coalition, the margin of winning is just 2.5 millions.

So, tell me now that the coalition had collapsed.

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by michlins(m): 7:15am On Feb 11
Firefire:
Trend analysis shows it is likely to take a massive rigging with collaboration with FGN security apparatus for Buhari to win. If the election is free, fair and credible, that feat will be difficult to achieve.

Here is why:

FACTCHECK: When the Buhari's image was intact without coalition, the largest votes he got couldn't make him President, until a coalition of forces and interests along with the masses made it happen in 2014/2015.

Today, due to inability of Buhari to show that he is competent to pilot the affair of this nation, 60% of the coalition that brought him to power had collapsed and they have left him.

DATELINE:

In 2003
Obasanjo: 24,456,140
Buhari: 12,710,022
MARGIN:12,746,118

2007
Yar'Adua: 24,638,063
Buhari: 6,605,299
MARGIN: 18,037,764

2011
Jonathan: 22,495,187
Buhari: 12,214,853
MARGIN: 10,280,334

2015
Buhari: 15,424,921
Jonathan: 12,853,162
MARGIN: 2,571,758

The margin of defeat had always been above 10 millions without coalition, even with coalition, the margin of winning is just 2.5 millions.

So, tell me now that the coalition had collapsed.
what you just said would give some people bad week

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by ArmaniUhuru: 7:59am On Feb 11
Buhari should charge his phone and make sure he has enough airtime to call to congratulate Atiku by next Sunday/Monday latest.

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by jchioma: 7:59am On Feb 11
This failbuhari will be epic.

It's over for zai baba and his gang of zombies.

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by martineverest(m): 8:01am On Feb 11
been paid to do a particular job is different from doing a job as a result of pure love

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by OmoManU: 8:01am On Feb 11
Mind game, weekend is not far away anymore


Hope if PDP loss they won't cry wolf sha

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by maybachmusic(m): 8:01am On Feb 11
Mehn watched the videos from the rally
.

I had goosebumps



Kwankwaso is a religion , Ganduje can't even pull such weight


shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by fredoooooo: 8:01am On Feb 11
You will wake up from ya slumber in few days time
... Sai Baba

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by princemillla(m): 8:02am On Feb 11
On pe!!

All I know let baba go and rest.

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by potent5(m): 8:02am On Feb 11
Yes. Kano votes must be shared 50 50 between the pdp and the others.

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by QuotaSystem: 8:02am On Feb 11
If it were to be by crowd size Jonathan wouldn't have been defeated in Kano cool. In fact it will be a huge accomplishment if Atiku can get up to Jonas northern votes in 2015 when he had Federal might. Honestly.

Abi were votes not split then? Did Jonathan not lose despite getting over 40% of northern votes? Haha cheesy

At this point it's better to allow the wailers wallow in their delusion of Atiku splitting northern votes to win cool

The higher they go, the harder the fall wink

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by OhiOfIhima: 8:02am On Feb 11
Another four years for Buba will be hell I swear. I wish he wasn't.

Kano of 2015 is definitely singing a song of victory for d red cap families.

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by spokesboy: 8:03am On Feb 11
Nigerians should just exercise a little bit more patience. Our worst Economic Nightmare aka Mr. Recession (2016) and aka Mr. Austerity (1984) is about to be sent packing. Better life ahead!

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by AngelicBeing: 8:03am On Feb 11
Firefire:
Trend analysis shows it is likely to take a massive rigging with collaboration with FGN security apparatus for Buhari to win. If the election is free, fair and credible, that feat will be difficult to achieve.

Here is why:

FACTCHECK: When the Buhari's image was intact without coalition, the largest votes he got couldn't make him President, until a coalition of forces and interests along with the masses made it happen in 2014/2015.

Today, due to inability of Buhari to show that he is competent to pilot the affair of this nation, 60% of the coalition that brought him to power had collapsed and they have left him.

DATELINE:

In 2003
Obasanjo: 24,456,140
Buhari: 12,710,022
MARGIN:12,746,118

2007
Yar'Adua: 24,638,063
Buhari: 6,605,299
MARGIN: 18,037,764

2011
Jonathan: 22,495,187
Buhari: 12,214,853
MARGIN: 10,280,334

2015
Buhari: 15,424,921
Jonathan: 12,853,162
MARGIN: 2,571,758

The margin of defeat had always been above 10 millions without coalition, even with coalition, the margin of winning is just 2.5 millions.

So, tell me now that the coalition had collapsed.
grin

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by TEYA: 8:03am On Feb 11
Firefire:
Trend analysis shows it is likely to take a massive rigging with collaboration with FGN security apparatus for Buhari to win. If the election is free, fair and credible, that feat will be difficult to achieve.

Here is why:

FACTCHECK: When the Buhari's image was intact without coalition, the largest votes he got couldn't make him President, until a coalition of forces and interests along with the masses made it happen in 2014/2015.

Today, due to inability of Buhari to show that he is competent to pilot the affair of this nation, 60% of the coalition that brought him to power had collapsed and they have left him.

DATELINE:

In 2003
Obasanjo: 24,456,140
Buhari: 12,710,022
MARGIN:12,746,118

2007
Yar'Adua: 24,638,063
Buhari: 6,605,299
MARGIN: 18,037,764

2011
Jonathan: 22,495,187
Buhari: 12,214,853
MARGIN: 10,280,334

2015
Buhari: 15,424,921
Jonathan: 12,853,162
MARGIN: 2,571,758

The margin of defeat had always been above 10 millions without coalition, even with coalition, the margin of winning is just 2.5 millions.

So, tell me now that the coalition had collapsed.
Lame analysis. You failed to realise that in 2015, Buhari defeated an incumbent president who had the machinery of state and rigged the election silly but still lost.

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by Nbote(m): 8:04am On Feb 11
Where is dat Deomelo dat kept claiming Kwankwanso wouldn't dare step into Kano? ZonBs can keep living in denial becos dats what dey are paid to do..

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by ArmaniUhuru: 8:04am On Feb 11
TEYA:

Lame analysis. You failed to realise that in 2015, Buhari defeated an incumbent president who had the machinery of state and rigged the election silly but still lost.

2015 is history now, this is 2019.
Open your eyes.

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by martineverest(m): 8:04am On Feb 11
maybachmusic:
Mehn watched the videos from the rally
.

I had goosebumps



Kwankwaso is a religion , Ganduje can't even pull such weight


shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked shocked
kwankwasiyyans might not articulate....kwankwaso is not atiku

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by manmoraskk: 8:04am On Feb 11
That analysis is true, I don’t think buhari will win this election

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by Ray97: 8:06am On Feb 11
Baba is still gonna win.

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by adisabarber(m): 8:06am On Feb 11
Shehu Yar'adua brought Atiku out so you cannot expect him not to have supporters in Katsina. Kwankwaso is on his side so you cannot expect him not to get a chunk from Kano

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by Rebornhombre: 8:06am On Feb 11
helinues:
Lol.. As if Incumbent GEJ didn't get more than that crowds in 2015

Fake Lol, please don't Cry.

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by Nbote(m): 8:06am On Feb 11
martineverest:
kwankwasiyyans might not articulate....kwankwaso is not atiku
But U ppl said all d red caps in Kano have been burnt and these ones are imported lol... Reality go soon jam una like train

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by Racoon(m): 8:07am On Feb 11
The APC government & their allied zombies simply don't have an answer for the Kwankwaso/Atiku hurricane.

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by adisabarber(m): 8:07am On Feb 11
martineverest:
kwankwasiyyans might not articulate....kwankwaso is not atiku

This is how I was thinking in 2015. Guess what? JONATHAN LOST. The handwriting is clear

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by ZombiePUNISHER: 8:07am On Feb 11
helinues:
Lol.. As if Incumbent GEJ didn't get more than that crowds in 2015

No he didn't actually...
His northern rallies were quite scanty as they threw insults and poured water on his entourage... In some states stones...

There is no way Buhari is winning this election... Those who were called 5% are now ready to be called 1%...

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by adisabarber(m): 8:08am On Feb 11
ZombiePUNISHER:


No he didn't actually...
His northern rallies were quite scanty as they threw insults and poured water on his entourage... In some states stones...

There is no way Buhari is winning this election... Those who were called 5% are now ready to be called 1%...


Leave them. Let them be saying what they don't know. People could not even openly support GEJ in Kano

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Re: Atiku’s Kano Rally Throws Open Buhari’s Northern Strongholds by helinues: 8:08am On Feb 11
ZombiePUNISHER:


No he didn't actually...
His northern rallies were quite scanty as they threw insults and poured water on his entourage... In some states stones...

There is no way Buhari is winning this election... Those who were called 5% are now ready to be called 1%...

In your dreams

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