Atiku Abubakar, Presidential Candidate, of the Peoples Democratic Party, has said that Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, should be the last person to tell any Presidential Candidate to “go home and rest”.
Atiku was responding to Tinubu’s advice to him to quit the race and go home and rest, having contested for the Presidential race on, at least, two occasions and failed.
But in a statement by the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Office signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, Atiku said if any Presidential Candidate should quit the race over series of disgraceful allegations, Tinubu is it.
Atiku listed such disgraceful allegations as “narcotic trafficking, forgery, perjury, identity crisis and certificate scam in the public space against Tinubu.”
Based on those, Atiku noted that Tinubu “has no integrity left to hold office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The former Vice President 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 statement released on Saturday from the Atiku/Okowa 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.”
It reads in part:
“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.”