There was a drama at the APC rally when the President failed thrice to correctly call the party’s governorship candidate in Delta State, Great Ogboru, by his designation.
Campaign rallies are often embellished with drama, or turn out dramatic and no candidate or party member is immune to such drama scenes.
Recall that the President had on Wednesday, during the APC presidential campaign rally in Lokoja, Kogi State, made a mistake about the time he assumed office.
The president had told the party’s supporters at Confluence Stadium, Lokoja that he assumed office on May 19, 2015, instead of May 29.
On Thursday, Buhari made another gaffe at the rally in Warri.
When Buhari was to hand over the party’s flag to the state governorship candidate of the party, he called him the presidential candidate of the APC.
He said, “I am handing over this flag of honour to our presidential candidate.”
A man on the podium to his left corrected him, saying “gubernatorial”, but Buhari made another gaffe by saying “to our senatorial candidate.”
When the man corrected him, saying “gubernatorial” Buhari said “governortorial candidate.”
PDP mocks Buhari over gaffe
But the PDP alleged that Buhari had voluntarily handed over his presidential candidacy to Ogboru.
It stated that the perceived handover was at the APC presidential campaign rally. The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodinyan, said the handover had shown that Buhari had foreseen his defeat and already switched into a handover model
Ologbondiyan said, “The whole world watched as President Buhari, apparently overwhelmed by thoughts of his defeat, ended up declaring the APC governorship candidate in Delta State, Great Ogboru, as the presidential candidate.
“President Buhari told his audience, ‘I have this pleasure of handing over this flag of honour to our Presidential candidate’, while giving the flag to Great Ogboru.”
He added, “It is clear that President Buhari, worried by the shunning of his campaign by Nigerians, mistook the Warri Rally for the May 29, 2019 handing over ceremony that is four months ahead.
“Buhari is already in the mood of his May 29, 2019 handover of mantle of leadership to PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, following the national consensus to return the PDP to power in the February 16, 2019 presidential election.”
Ologbondiyan alleged that Buhari had continued to display that he did not have the intention of seeking for a second term in office.