Archbishop Isaac Idahosa, the running mate of the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), Rabiu Kwankwaso, has dismissed surveys predicting victory for their opponents in the 2023 general elections.
Idahosa spoke on Monday at a colloquium organised by the Kwankwasiyya Development Foundation to mark the 66th birthday of his principal, Kwankwaso.
Recall that a few days ago, a Fitch Solutions Country Risk and Industry Research report said the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu will win the 2023 presidential election.
Also, another poll, which was commissioned by Anap Foundation and conducted by NOI Polls Limited in September, predicted victory for Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP). The report described Kwankwaso as a ‘lone outsider’ in the presidential race and predicted that he will come a distant fourth in the presidential election.
Dismissing the polls, Idahosa said they were ‘paid for’ and urged Nigerians to ‘forget’ about them.
“Forget about those polls and ratings. They are paid for. When the votes are cast, then all eyes will be clear. We are not here to debate about the polls,” he said.
“Anyone could have sat down wherever he is, and conducted his polls. I could choose today to rise and conduct polls. Of course, you don’t expect a teacher to fail himself, but the reality will dawn shortly.”
The cleric-turned-politician also said his party will spring surprises in the next general elections, going by the political structures and alliances it is building across the country.
“Nigerians should just await the surprises that are about to be foretold. We are in the 2023 presidential race to win it. We are the party to beat,” he said.
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