The Spokesperson of Atiku Abubakar Campaign Organization, Senator Dino Melaye, has described the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, as a delusional who thinks the presidency of Nigeria is a personal entitlement.
Newsonline reports that Senator Melaye, former representative of the Kogi West Senatorial District, said, unlike Tinubu, Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) will not work against democratic institutions to satisfy the interest of few.
Senator Melaye’s statement titled, ‘No Short Cut to Victory’, released on Saturday, was in response, Bayo Onanuga, Tinubu Campaign Media Director, who said the crisis in the PDP is a pointer that Atiku will fail the 2023 election.
Melaye said, “The hawkers of spin in the camp of Ahmed Bola Tinubu are at it again, this time latching unto a debatable forecast to award victory to a delusional candidate who claimed that the presidency of Nigeria is a categorical entitlement.”
He added, “The palace jesters are gloating over the orchestrated amplification of the agitation by some members of our party to sing a dirge, forgetting that advocacy is not only normal in a democracy, their very idol went riotous and danced naked in desperation when he sensed that the ticket of his discredited and failed political party was eluding him.
“Through a sheer arrogance, impudence and indiscretion, Bayo Onanuga, the mouth piece of the hallucinators and hawkers of illusion took the place of INEC by declaring a loss of eligibility for the most promising standard-bearer in the 2023 residential election, Atiku Abubakar. May the self-acclaimed rivals of God be reminded that power belongs to God?
“In any case, the polemics being celebrated was an indictment against Ahmed Bola Tinubu, who regardless of the status and efforts of APC leaders like Rotimi Amaechi was hawking the senatorial ticket in an insensitive and indecorous manner. In the end, his power excursion “lu’le”. This is what Atiku will not do. It is, in fact, for the defence of democracy and respect for due process that Atiku is now being persecuted.”
The former Kogi West senator said Atiku as a democrat will not sacrifice those elected for his own personal ambition. He stated further that the former vice president would be satisfied that he acted right and failed than to please autocratic democrats.
“For the avoidance of doubt, Atiku as a long-standing democrat will not sacrifice those elected by the party for his own ambition, just to please autocratic democrats. If by chance he loses the support of some party members on account of adhering to the rules, he would be satisfied that he acted right. The failure of Nigeria can be adduced substantially to the dominance of strong men who trample on weak institutions.
“Atiku will continue to support the enthronement of strong institutions that can minimise the excesses of political Goliaths. And as it happened to Goliath, strong men get defeated, no matter the length of their domination.
“Waiting to benefit from the internal synthesis that may play out in the PDP is a wait in futility. The tears of opposition are only flowing from the demonstrable capacity of Atiku for political sagacity.
“This contest will be a long hull. No shortcut, no award and no conferment of entitlement. Kaka ‘eyin ko lokan’.” Melaye added.
The Peoples Democratic Party has been in crisis since it had its presidential primary on May 28 and 29. Unfortunately, all entreaties for peace to be given chance by stakeholders of the party in four days to the official campaign for the 2023 general election seem not working.
Nyesom Wike’s team which comprises mostly governors, ex-governor and other party stakeholders from the South are calling for the resignation of the national chairman of the party, Iyorchia Ayu. But the call is not yielding the result Wike and his team want. This has been tearing the main opposition party apart.