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Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress, criticised Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, the candidate for the People’s Democratic Party, on Saturday for allegedly inciting religious prejudice in order to win the 2023 presidential election.
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Forging a Muslim-Muslim ticket as a political strategy, the former vice president, according to Tinubu, is a hypocrite. He also claimed that Atiku is acting desperate by exploiting religious prejudice on public television to win the election.
In response to assertions made by Atiku during an interview with Arise News on Friday that he abandoned Tinubu as a running mate when he ran for president in 2007 because they were both Muslims, the former governor of Lagos State made this remark through his media officer, Tunde Rahman.
“Atiku should not be bringing up a Muslim-Muslim ticket other than as a hypocrite. He could think that his theatrics from the 1993 election have been forgotten. What did he do when he abjectly failed to win the Social Democratic Party’s nomination for president? To replace the late Chief MKO Abiola as his running companion, he campaigned and pushed more vigorously than anyone else.
Atiku could not see anything wrong with a Muslim-Muslim ticket when it benefited him personally. While he was on it, he saw nothing wrong with the ticket.
“We are heartbroken to see a man of his calibre become detached from reality. Atiku is so consumed by his desire for office that he will tell any kind of lie if he believes it will help him win just one vote. Atiku might aspire to the presidency. But all he has demonstrated is that he is pathological.
“I feel bad for poor Atiku. His relationship with the truth and an honest portrayal of the past has been overshadowed by his love of his own ambition. He was not informed when the AC was established. We gave him the Action Congress platform for the 2007 election as (former) President (Olusegun) Obasanjo effectively exiled him from the PDP, the former Lagos governor was quoted as stating in the statement.
Atiku was characterised by Tinubu as having “paucity of character and a love of intrigue.”
“Let me be clear: In 2007, Atiku offered to make me his running mate. Let me add that my religious beliefs have not changed. I was a Muslim when he made the job offer to me, and I think he was aware of this at the time. Religion or Atiku’s sensitivity to it had nothing to do with his calculations or dishonesty. His actions are entirely consistent with what we learned about his lack of character and interest in intrigue.
The APC national chairman emphasised that he selected Senator Kashim Shettima, a former governor of Borno State, after carefully assessing his alternatives and consulting with relevant party stakeholders.
“Throughout my life, the choices made about the team that supported me have always been influenced by the values of expertise, innovation, compassion, honesty, integrity, and dedication to perfection. At this crucial time, I wasn’t going to stray from these values. In fact, adhering to these ideals was more crucial than ever, the statement continued.
Senator Adedayo Adeyeye, national chairman of the South West Agenda for Asiwaju 2023, further charged the PDP with diverting attention from Nigerians by opposing the Muslim-Muslim APC ticket. The opposition party’s decision to disregard the North-South power rotation formula outlined in its constitution, according to Adeyeye, is the bigger problem.
The senator declared, “The PDP is working extremely hard to bring up the subject of Muslim-Muslim ticket. But it is merely a diversion for me and any patriotic Nigerian, in my opinion. The PDP is attempting to hold onto any straw in a desperate attempt because they are all too aware that they are going to the dungeon.
Therefore, those who are advocating for this should be aware that their actions are merely a last-ditch effort to keep themselves afloat. They are trying in vain to avoid sinking to the bottom of the sea.
Atiku challenges Tinubu
To prove his ability to run the country, the PDP presidential contender has challenged the former governor of Lagos to agree to a live interview.
For obvious reasons, Mr. Tinubu has not sat down to conduct a lengthy interview. Nigerians have heard him speak in public and can determine for themselves why he is embarrassed to do so, according to a statement from Atiku on Saturday that was provided to Ejes Gist Newspaper and signed by his media adviser, Paul Ibe.
The APC leader said that Atiku broke the law by conducting business while working as a Customs official, but the former vice president disputed that assertion.
Again, the Tinubu campaign demonstrated either dishonesty or a disregard for details by asserting that Atiku Abubakar had stated that oil accounted for 20% of Nigeria’s GDP. This is false. The Waziri said the following: Possibly just 20% of our GDP is related to oil. The Waziri’s use of the term “maybe” was a response to the various figures provided. While other international organisations have reported a substantially higher proportion of between 15 and 20%, the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics has stated a figure of close to 10%.
So it is OK to classify the contribution of oil and gas as a maybe while the evidence is still inconclusive. We would want to draw attention to the fact that Waziri Atiku Abubakar did not neglect to mention the PDP or the APC during the conversation. It appears that the Tinubu campaign organisation (can a disorganised entity be called an organisation?) is ignorant of the concepts of microzoning and rotation of power. We will gladly educate them as a result.
Power is divided between the North and the South according to a constitutional clause known as “rotation of power.” Micro-zoning is a non-constitutional concept in which power is divided among geopolitical zones rather than between the North and the South.
We hope that this will cure the authors of that document’s political ignorance. As a final challenge, we’d like to put Bola Tinubu through an hour-long interview like the Waziri did. If he can be as articulate and focused as our candidate, then he can talk. We will just wish to remind him and his yes-men that they are not in a position to criticise when they have not been placed on the hot seat until that time, he continued.
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