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Tuesday, October 9, 2018

I know you are under pressure because Nigerians will not choose a lifeless candidate over job provider in 2019 – Atiku

I know you are under pressure because Nigerians wiill not choose a lifeless candidate over job provider in 2019 – Atiku

The Peoples Democratic Party presidential candidate in the February 14,
2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has said his emergence has brought
confusion to the camp of his All Progressives Congress counterpart,
President Muhammadu Buhari.

He said this was the reason why the
Buhari’s camp felt that he (the former Vice-President) won the PDP
ticket as a result of money politics.

Atiku said with his emergence as the PDP
standard bearer in the 2019 presidential election, Nigerians would
choose between him “a job provider” and Buhari whom he described as a
“lifeless candidate.”

 But the APC described the former
Vice-President as “a desperate, corrupt and an unreliable politician”
who it alleged had entrenched the anti-democratic practice of offering
cash in exchange for votes.

However, a statement by Atiku’s media
office in Abuja on Monday, said that the Buhari camp must have known
that the era of favouritism had come to end in the country.

 The statement said, “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 Atiku
Abubabakr’s emergence automatically means the coming to an 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 Atiku as an ‘eagle’ and ‘a cosmopolitan wazobia’

 “Obviously, Pastor Tunde Bakare has
foreseen that the era of 97 per cent versus five per cent has come to an
end with the emergence of the pan-Nigerian Atiku Abubakar.”

Atiku, in the statement, said that the
wife of the President had even condemned the primaries of the ruling
party, wondering if anyone could have known the APC more than her.

 The statement said, “We ask, how can
the Buhari Campaign Organisation disparage the PDP primary that produced
Atiku, when even the President’s own wife, Aisha Buhari, has condemned
the APC’s primary?

 “Not only did Mrs Buhari condemn the
APC’s primaries, she described them as ‘unfair’ and lacking in
integrity. Who can know President Buhari better than his wife?”

 In the statement, Atiku said there were
other 11 aspirants that contested against him, adding that all of them
had accepted his victory.

 Buhari, who he said was the sole
candidate of his party, was already being challenged by other five
aggrieved interested aspirants.

 He said, “11 aspirants contested
against Atiku, 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
five aspirants is challenging his victory. That alone tells Nigerians
his emergence is fraudulent.”

 Atiku, who debunked the allegation of
corruption against him,  said as the most investigated politician in
Nigeria,  the President would have arrested him because of his
(Buhari’s) vindictive nature.

 He stated, “Nigerians know that Atiku
Abubakar is the most investigated politician in Nigeria and any smear by
the Buhari administration remains just that.

 “With the vindictiveness of President Buhari, he would have arrested Atiku if he had been found wanting.

 “However, to set the record straight,
we want to remind Nigerians that the PDP’s primaries were genuine, free
and fair.  Atiku Abubakar got 1,532 votes in a contest televised live to
millions of Nigerians. The APC’s primary, on the other hand, was a
study in dictatorship and corruption. 

The sole candidate, Muhammadu
Buhari, scored almost 15 million votes. How could that occur without
rigging or manufacturing of faceless voters?

 “No wonder Transparency International
rated Nigeria as more corrupt today under Buhari, than just three years
ago when the PDP was in power.

 “The scandals are too numerous,
including the $25bn NNPC contracts awarded without due process, the
several padded budgets, the $41m Ikoyi Apartment scandal, the recall,
reinstatement and double promotion of an alleged pension thief and
Buhari financier, Abdulrasheed Maina, the N200m grass cutting scandal,
and many others too numerous to mention.”

 The former Vice-President said that in
2019, Nigerians would choose between what he called a lifeless candidate
and a job provider.

 He said, “The choice before Nigerians
in 2019 is a simple one. 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.

 “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.’

“It is very obvious that faced with such
a choice, 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? “

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