BY AMOS DUNIA, ABUJA – The Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation on Monday described the presidential primary of the All Progressives Congress as a study in dictatorship and corruption.
The Campaign Organisation specifically noted that the sole candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, scored almost 15 million votes and therefore wondered how that could occur without rigging or manufacturing of faceless voters?
It further said that no wonder Transparency International rated Nigeria as more corrupt today under Buhari, than just three years ago when the PDP was in power, stressing that the scandals are too numerous, including the $25 billion NNPC contracts awarded without due process, the several padded budgets, the $41 million Ikoyi Apartment scandal, the recall, reinstatement and double promotion of pension thief and Buhari financier, Abdulrasheed Maina, the N200 million grass cutter scandal, and many others too numerous to mention.
The Atiku Campaign Organisation which was reacting to a statement by the Buhari Campaign Organisation which cast aspersions on the emergence of Atiku as the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party in which it suggested that his emergence was the result of money politics, said the choice before Nigerians in 2019 is a simple one.
According to the Campaign Organisation; “Nigerians have a choice of electing a lively candidate with a record of providing 50,000 jobs to Nigerians in his private capacity versus the lifelessness (apologies to President Donald Trump) of a candidate under whom Nigeria lost 11 million jobs and became the world headquarters for extreme poverty.
“We are not surprised that there is confusion in the President’s camp. We expected that they would be thrown into a catatonic state knowing that HE Atiku Abubabakr’s emergence automatically means the coming end of their ignominious reign. That much was admitted by the President’s former running mate, Pastor Tunde Bakare when he praised the emergence of HE Atiku as an ‘Eagle’ and ‘a cosmopolitan wazobia’ politician.
“Obviously, Pastor Tunde Bakare has foreseen that the era of 97% versus 5% has come to an end with the emergence of the pan Nigerian Atiku Abubakar.
“We ask how can the Buhari Campaign Organisation disparage the PDP Primary that produced His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, when even the President’s own wife, Aisha Buhari, has condemned the APC’s primary? Not only did Mrs Buhari condemn APC’s primaries, she described them as ‘unfair’ and lacking in integrity. Who can know President Buhari better than his wife?
“Eleven aspirants contested against His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, during the Presidential primary of the PDP. Every single one of them accepted his victory. President Buhari was the only candidate cleared by the APC to contest its primary. Yet, a coalition of 5 aspirants are challenging his victory. That alone tells Nigerians his emergence is fraudulent.
“However, to set the record straight, we want to remind Nigerians that PDP’s primaries were genuine, free and fair. Atiku Abubakar got 1,532 votes in a contest televised live to millions of Nigerians.
The Atiku Campaign Organisation further said that the PDP presidential candidate is the most investigated politician in Nigeria stressing that any smear by the Buhari administration remains just that.
It pointedly said that with the vindictiveness of President Buhari, he would have arrested Atiku if he had been found wanting, adding that Nigerians have a choice of a man who will provide an efficient and business-friendly solution to the herdsmen crisis and a man whose government said ‘giving land for cattle ranching is better than death’.
The statement further read: “It is very obvious that faced with such a choice that Nigerians would definitely vote for the man who will Get Nigeria Working Again, hence we are not surprised by this desperate statement from the Buhari administration that is so shameless that they made a man implicated in framing a man of God on spurious charges as their spokesman.
“If he can lie against a man of God, should Nigerians believe anything he says about the PDP and its candidate?”