The presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, says his APC counterpart, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has no justification to tell anyone to “go home and rest” when such is the advice he ought to give to himself.
He said that with the series of disgraceful allegations of narcotic trafficking, forgery, perjury, identity crisis and certificate scam in the public space against Tinubu, he has no integrity left to hold office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Atiku described Tinubu as the “drained, disconnected, blundering and day-dreaming aspirant who has shown a scandalous lack of energy, capacity and presence of mind to stand the rigours of a Presidential campaign, let alone the demands of the office of Mr President.”
The PDP candidate said this in a statement signed by Spokesperson, Atiku/Okowa Campaign Organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan on Saturday.
The Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation was reacting to a comment by Tinubu at Saturday’s mega rally of the APC presidential campaign held at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos on Saturday.
The Herald reported that Tinubu advised Nigerians not to entrust the PDP with Nigeria’s commonwealth again because of the alleged destruction the party wrought on the country.
The former Lagos state governor, who spoke partly in Yoruba, took a swipe at the presidential candidate of PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, describing him a veteran aspirant who should go home and rest.
“Atiku contested in SDP, he contested in PDP; he contested in ACN when we rescued him from Obasanjo. Now he is contesting again in PDP. He should go home and rest,” Tinubu said, adding that Nigerians should never allow the PDP candidate and his party near the country’s commonwealth.
“Atiku has been running. Use your PVC to vote him and his party out. Use your votes to retire him permanently this time. We must never again allow the rapacious and visionless gang of Peoples Destroying People to come near our commonwealth again. They were in government for 16 years, they didn’t remember Badagry Expressway, they didn’t remember East-West Road, they didnt remember 2nd Niger Bridge,” Tinubu said.
In its reaction, the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation said it was “laughable that Tinubu, who cannot comprehend current political dynamics or articulate any meaningful conversation within the demands of the contemporary Nigeria, is asking others to go home and rest when such is an advice he ought to give to himself.”
“Nigerians are in agreement that if there is any Presidential Candidate that must go home and rest as demanded by Asiwaju Tinubu, it is Tinubu himself who has been reported as requiring support to stand, whose speeches are grossly incoherent and who has become the butt of weird jokes among Nigerians for his many blunders.
“Moreover, Asiwaju Tinubu cannot face Nigerians and the International Community having forfeited a whopping sum of $460,000 to the United States of America. The least an individual with such record should do is to go home and rest because Nigerians will not have such a person as President.
“Is it not pathetic that Tinubu that needed to forcefully lock all markets in the entire Lagos State to get a motley of crew to attend a rancorous rally is contemplating winning a Presidential election in Nigeria?
“Our Campaign counsels Asiwaju Tinubu to accept the reality that an overwhelming majority of Nigerians have already reached a consensus on electing the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, giving his energy, competence, capacity, will power and understanding of the issues troubling our nation as well as his readiness to provide the solutions.
“Nigerians already know that Asiwaju Tinubu is full of frustration and jealousy for Atiku, but resorting to insults instead of activating any forms of issue-based campaign will not help him,” the campaign organisation said.