The former Vice President had earlier received defectors from the All Progressives Congress and other political parties.
Opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will win the 2023 general elections with seven million votes.
The party’s embattled National Chairman, Iyiorcha Ayu, who stated this at a stakeholders’ meeting, on Wednesday in Bauchi State, boasted that Atiku would shock Nigerians during the 2023 elections by winning with a landslide.
The former Vice President had earlier received defectors from the All Progressives Congress and other political parties, at a ceremony held at the Abubakar Tafawa Balewa Stadium, Bauchi.
But addressing the stakeholders from North-East, Ayu said he was afraid that the venue of the rally would be empty with people refusing to attend.
He said, “While we were coming here today, I was apprehensive that perhaps, when we come, the North-East would not come out. A political party is the people, it is not just the leaders, sometimes, we lay too much emphasis on the leaders.”
The PDP National Chairman added that, "In a presidential election, if you don’t win Bauchi, you can’t win the presidency, and we are very sure that with what we saw today; the massive mobilisation that has been done, we are certainly on our way to victory.
“Atiku is your son, the North-East has never had a President before and yet, when democracy started, the North-East led the way with Alhaji Tafawa Balewa. Power is returning to the North-East, vote for your son, come out en masse, it is not enough to come for the rally.
“All of you should have a Permanent Voter Card make sure you campaign at your polling unit, don’t campaign only at rallies, we don’t want people in Abuja, everybody must go back home to his polling unit. On that day (election day), we will shock Nigerians, the victory margin is going to be seven million votes.
“Atiku Abubakar will move to the Villa and we will rescue the country from all the damages that the present government has done. We have suffered insecurity in the North-East, you are suffering from hunger, you are suffering from diseases. The PDP under the leadership of President Atiku Abubakar will correct these ills.”
However, none of the governors and the PDP chieftains loyal to the Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, was in attendance at the rally.