- The camp of PDP presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar and that of APC’s Bola Tinubu are currently in a heated war of words
- Both parties have accused each other of lacking the will and capacity to turn around the fortunes of Nigeria positively
- The camp of Bola Tinubu has accused the main opposition for laying the foundation of the current problem facing the country during its 16 years stint
The presidential candidate of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has exposed how Tinubu tried to become running mates to the incumbent president of Nigeria, Muhammadu, the Vanguard newspaper reported.
This disclosure was made known on Monday, July 25 via a statement issued by his media aide, Paul Ibe.
Meanwhile Tinubu’s camp thinks otherwise labeling Atiku as an hypocrite who was actually the one who made advances to the APC presidential candidate to be his running mate some few years ago.
Legit.ng gathered that Tinubu’s camp further described Atiku as a politician who has lost his moral coma pass.
Reacting to this taunts, Paul Ibe said:
“We would also like to remind Nigerians that even though multiple sources have testified that Bola Tinubu desperately lobbied to be made Buhari’s deputy in a Muslim-Muslim ticket, Bola Tinubu himself denied this on June 22, 2022, and instead accused President Buhari of offering him the position of Vice President.
“Which is exactly the same false allegation he has made against Atiku Abubakar. This is a pattern of behaviour. Not owning up to his actions.”
As contained in the in the statement, Ibe revealed that a leaked memo by US Consul General, Brian L. Browne in September, 14, 2005 unraveled Tinubu’s plot and schemes to become running mate to either Atiku Abubakar or Muhammadu Buhari.
He further explained that Tinubu made the same attempt on President Muhammadu Buhari in 2015 as stipulated by Nigerian historical biographers.
“In his 2016 authorised biography of President Muhammadu Buhari titled ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’, Professor John Paden, an American, wrote about the issue as follows: “Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State and political ‘godfather’ of the South-West geopolitical zone, felt he should be the vice-presidential candidate.”
Reacting to Atiku’s claim, Tinubu in a statement issued by Bayo Onanuga stated that the assertions the PDP presidential candidate were false as it was he (Atiku) who offered Tinubu the vice presidential role in which Tinubu rejected.
“We should not lose sight of the issue: Atiku sought to put himself on a religious higher ground by pretending to hate same faith ticket, citing most erroneously how he rejected Asiwaju as running mate in 2007.
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“Asiwaju said it didn’t happen as he said. It was rather Atiku who offered him the post, which he rejected.
“We will like to restate that Atiku is now merely making a politically convenient and opportunistic argument, trying to fault our Tinubu-Shettima ticket using the emotive issue of religion.”
Onanuga, however, reiterated that the combination of Tinubu and Shettima is not about religion but about competence and antecedent of both candidate who has been tasted and trusted in their previous leadership position.
He stated that the duo is more than capable to end the various crisis affecting the nation.
Onanuga, however, blamed the PDP for laying the foundation for the current calamity that has befallen the nation.
“These problems did not begin seven years ago. The foundation was laid in 16 years of PDP mismanagement of our country’s commonwealth.”