Former Lagos State Governor, Babatunde Raji Fashola, has berated the chances of the opposition parties in the forthcoming elections.
Fashola, who spoke during a Channels Television’s interview on Monday night, insisted the All Progressives Congress (APC) will win the 2023 polls.
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The Minister of Works and Housing argued that the ruling party had made tremendous progress to deliver on its promises to Nigerians.
He also slammed the pre-election polls tipping presidential candidates other than Bola Ahmed Tinubu for victory, adding the ruling party had performed better than the major opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the last seven and a half years.
The minister said: “We are a few days to the election now, less than three weeks. We have momentum. The APC will win this election. We are not looking at a coronation. We know it’s a competition, but the opposition is clearly behind. The reason is simple.
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“Election, as we all say, see is a game of numbers. Isn’t it? But in those numbers, one of the cardinal problems that the opposition has had is that they have divided. So it won’t add up. The main opposition today, Labour Party, NNPP and PDP were one side in 2019. The totality of their votes was still around three million votes short of the poll by which we won.
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“If you were not enough when you were together, how can you be enough when you are broken into three? Are you bringing more new people in from outside Nigeria? It is not going to add up. It’s just that simple. People have made up their minds. I am happy that a lot more people, especially in the mid-cadre, have shown interest in the elections.
“In persons, we have done 5,000 sample pools and APC is clearly ahead. But I won’t tell you about the percentage difference. The number of undecided voters is now averaging below 5%. We are getting to the stage where campaigns will begin to lose steam.
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“Most of the promises we made, we are still working on them, evolving and making progress. In some places, we admit that we need to do more. This is why we feel that we will be entrusted with the capacity to do to complete what we have started because people can see the difference. We haven’t finished solving the problem. But there’s a stark difference in momentum that will move the needle.”