Leke Baiyewu , Abuja
The lawmaker representing Yobe East Senatorial District, Senator Bukkar Abba Ibrahim, has warned the ruling All Progressives Congress not to assume that the North- East geopolitical zone will vote for President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019 like it did in 2015 .
The states in the North- East are Yobe , Borno , Bauchi , Gombe , Adamawa and Taraba.
The senator said the issues for which people of the North- East voted for Buhari and APC had not been addressed.
According to him , they are getting worse.
Ibrahim , who was governor of Yobe State for three terms within two dispensations and now serving his third term at the Senate , stated that rigging would not save the President and the party from the imminent defeat.
The senator issued the warning at the Internet launch of his book , ‘ Poorlitics , ’ and 70th birthday celebration held in Abuja on Saturday night .
Ibrahim , whose wife , Khadijat , is currently the Minister of State for Foreign Affairs , said the North- East should not be taken for granted “ since it is not a must for the zone to support Buhari . ”
He said , “ As we move towards the elections, I have to give a dire warning to the APC that things are no longer the way they were in 2015 when we rode to power on a cloud of euphoria, believing that things will change for better .
“ Simply put , things have not changed and many things are getting worse and the people are bitter .
“ We should not assume that we can win, even with massive rigging . The economy has gone down because of our action and inaction, and we are blaming the past too much rather than solving the present problems .
“ I am going to give a dire warning . Let the North- East not be taken for granted that we must support APC.
“ Our interest in the North- East has always been progressive and I will personally be watching for required improvement in the APC before the elections.
“ Improvement that can guarantee victory such as respecting the rule of law and releasing political prisoners as well as non – selective war against corruption, as against one sided witch – hunt . ”