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Tinubu mocks Atiku, says PDP presidential candidate traumatised over imminent defeat 

The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described the ambition of his main rival and People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as a wild goose chase.

Tinubu in a statement on Friday said the presidential ambition of Atiku Abubakar who incidentally was the main opposition party candidate in the 2019 general elections has again hit the rocks.

The APC presidential candidate in a statement signed by Bayo Onanuga, Director, Media and Publicity  APC Presidential Campaign Council noted that the deep-seated animosity within the PDP between the Atiku camp and certain chieftains and governors  led by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike was an indication that the PDP presidential candidate has lost the election, “even before the Independent  National Electoral Commission (INEC) blows the whistle for electioneering campaign.”

Tinubu accused the former vice president of instigating the crisis in the PDP by standing against the popular opinion that power should shift to the South in 2023 to the consternation of those who looked up to him to play the role of a unifier. “Instead of being a unifier, Atiku is now a divider-in-chief,” Tinubu argued.

The APC presidential candidate, in the statement titled, “Let us pity Atiku, another shot at presidency is slipping away, ” said the present travails of the PDP presidential candidate was self-inflicted,” Atiku brought this unto himself and we dare say he can kiss his ill-fated presidential bid goodbye.”

The statement read in part: “Once again, another bid for the presidency of our country by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar is slipping away. This is unravelling before our very eyes even before the Independent  National Electoral Commission (INEC) blows the whistle for the electioneering campaign. His party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in disarray. The signs are just too ominous for the Waziri what with the report by the Economic Intelligence Unit predicting another trashing for him in the forthcoming polls.

“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.

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“The PDP has imploded in a battle of attrition, the result of which is predictable. The ongoing fraticidal  war where a faction of the party being led by the Rivers State Governor Nyesom Wike is engaging Atiku in a fight to finish has undermined any momentum the PDP candidate had hoped to build. With further loss of confidence in PDP by its own members who can not find any redeeming feature in the fast disappearing party, it is crystal clear that Atiku’s latest bid for Nigeria’s top job has hit the rocks.

“A pillar of Atiku’s campaign is the claim of being a unifier and nationalist. That bogus claim has now been discredited, even within his party as the disaffected members cry for justice and inclusivity.

“Instead of the perennially running and perennially failing candidate to offer them some sop, he has rebuffed them, pleading that he could not grant their request for justice.

“Surely a man who cannot resolve a genuine dispute among his party members, who cannot forge an entente among them, cannot be expected to unify our country. 

“Instead of being a unifier, Atiku is now a divider-in-chief.

“His campaign on this score is heading for a stillbirth, just as some of his programmes have been found to be nothing new, as they are already being implemented by the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

“The former Vice President created the crisis for himself, by pushing the fallacy that only a northern candidate can win the presidency for his party, despite the open record that southerners, when they network with their northern compatriots can also win the election. 

“Former leaders, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and Dr Goodluck Jonathan demonstrated this in 1999, 2003 and 2011. 

“As a campaign, we can only pity former Vice President Atiku for the self-inflicted injury he invited unto himself.  Chinua Achebe, the very accomplished novelist in one of his classics, Arrow of God, wrote that a man who brought ant-infested faggots into the homestead should not grumble when lizards begin to pay him a visit.

“Atiku brought this unto himself and we dare say he can kiss his ill-fated presidential bid goodbye. “

 

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