The presidential candidate of the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has told Bola Tinubu that he has many questions to answer when campaign starts in next four days.
Newsonline reports that Atiku’s statement to Tinubu, All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate follows the mockery by the former Lagos State governor on the crisis ravaging the PDP.
Atiku reminded Tinubu that Nigerians would want him to prepare answers on his certificate, drug-related business and other integrity questions.
The former vice president added that the crisis in the PDP showed that the party is an active and engaging party, which is healthy for democracy.
Tinubu in a statement, on Friday, through the Director, Media and Publicity of his Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, said the crisis in the opposition is slipping away the presidential ambition of the former vice president just like othe times he contested to be president of the country.
Onanuga said, “Once again, another bid for the presidency of our country by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar is slipping away. This is unraveling before our very eyes even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) blows the whistle for electioneering campaign. His party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in disarray. The signs are just too ominous for the Waziri Adamawa with the report by the Economic Intelligence Unit predicting another trashing for him in the forthcoming polls.
APC further accused Atiku of violating the rotation agreement of the party for his ‘inordinate ambition’.
“After violating his party’s code for power rotation between the north and south and grabbing the PDP ticket without a modicum of sensibilities about our national ethos, Alhaji Atiku is now faced with the karma of his inordinate ambition,” he added.
In a depth reaction to Tinubu campaign director, Atiku’s Media Adviser, Paul Ibe, on Friday, said now that Tinubu has risen from hibernation, ” it is good to remind them that there are pending questions about the social and educational history of their candidate that Nigerians want answers to.”
The statement read in part, “Well, since the APC Presidential Campaign Organization seems to have woken up from their state of hibernation, it is good to remind them that there are pending questions about the social and educational history of their candidate that Nigerians want answers to.
“We shall be kind enough to remind the APC that when, in the next few days, campaigns begin in earnest, Nigerians will require answers to some weighty character questions about their candidate and, rather than expend precious time on what is never their business, should use the remaining few days judiciously.
“Secondly, whatever is happening in the PDP is a conversation among leaders of the party and that, in itself, is a reflection of the PDP, as a living and engaging political party. The conversation in the PDP is all about consensus building, which in itself is a major ingredient for peace and unity.”
Ibe boasted that “The PDP, as a truly democratic party, understands that democracy is a lively concept because it allows for people to express their opinions and, it is within that understanding that everyone becomes part of the process.
“The same, of course, cannot be said of the APC where what exists is at best graveyard peace. It is on record that in the seven years and more that the APC has been in power and with the attendant hardship that the party has foisted on the ordinary people of Nigeria, the candidate of the APC, former governor Bola Ahmed Tinubu had not for one single time stood on the side of the people.
“And, that is so for the obvious reason that the presidential candidate of the APC considers his poorly conceived presidential ambition more important than the adversity that his party has unleashed on a vast majority of Nigerians. We wish to remind the APC that its presidential candidate has to own the failures of the party in the last seven plus years. He should also know that Nigerians will not reward their failure with nothing less than a resounding loss in the election.
“Tinubu and the APC ma lu’le! It is important to let Tinubu and his paid agents know that what obtains in the PDP is not the mundane stoicism that the APC is known for.
“Indeed, the presidential candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar has established credibility before the masses of this country that he is one patriot who can be counted on to stand by the side of the people – even when the times are hard.”