8th January, 2022
Femi Fani-Kayode, former minister of aviation, said Governor Yahaya Bello will defeat Atiku Abubakar effortlessly in the 2023 presidential election if the duo gets to the battlefield.
Fani-Kayode stated this in an interview with Channels Television on Friday.
The former minister said there are reports which showed that PDP has given its 2023 presidency ticket to Atiku.
He added that the former vice president stands no chance because Yahaya Bello and other aspirants from APC are better candidates for the job.
Fani-Kayode, however, didn’t hide the fact that he is backing Yahaya Bello to win the 2023 presidential ticket of the All Progressives Congress.
“I believe Governor Yahaya Bello. I believe that he will be an excellent president. I believe he will appeal to millions of young people in this country and that this is a change in the dynamics we are giving power to a younger person. That is just my view though,” he said.
Asked if Bello (as APC candidate) can defeat Atiku of the PDP in the poll, the former minister said;
“Why not? He (referring to Bello) will defeat him (referring to Atiku) hands down,” he said.
The former minister added only Bala Mohammed, governor of Bauchi and Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, his Enugu counterparts from the PDP can provide a “strong fight” against the APC in the 2023 presidential election.
Fani-Kayode asked Mohammed to join the APC to contest the ruling party’s presidential ticket if the PDP denied him a slot.
“There are two people that will provide a very strong fight against the APC within the ranks of the PDP, only two. The first is Bala Mohammed, who I have immense respect for,” he added.
“But I doubt they have the presence of mind to give him the ticket in fact they will make sure he does not get the ticket or he should come to APC and try his luck.
“And Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu state who is not even on your list (a list of 2023 presidential hopefuls put together by Channels Television) and he is one of the brightest and the best of them all, the most effective. They are two people that would provide a good fight.
“There is nobody else on that list, particularly Atiku Abubakar, that can stand against anybody within the APC, particularly against Yahaya Bello, Fashola, or Fayemi. That is just my view, and I have my reason for saying that.”