The Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has described the recent press statement of the APC Presidential Campaign Council on the conflict within the PDP, as “disingenuous” and a “laughable work of an interloper.”
Recall that the Director, Media, and Publicity of the APC Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga, had earlier on Friday, said that the 2023 presidential bid of Atiku had hit the rocks, based on the recent Economic Intelligence Unit report which stated that the APC Presidential Candidate, Bola Tinubu, would win at the polls.
Onanuga also stressed that the internal wranglings between the Wike’s camp of the party and loyalist of Atiku, and the ethnic imbalance in the party hierarchy, had brought a loss of confidence among party members. He also said that Atiku’s inability to unify the party showed that he would be unable to do the same with the nation.
In a rebuttal, the Media Adviser to Atiku, Paul Ibe, said that the APC should focus on the “burden of credibility that continues to dog their campaign,” instead of interfering in the minor issues in the PDP.
He also said that the “conversation” within the PDP showed that the party was a platform where democracy thrives, unlike in the APC, where there is a “graveyard peace.”
The statement read in part, “We shall be kind enough to remind the APC that when, in the next few days, campaigns begin in earnest, Nigerians will require answers to some weighty character questions about their candidate and rather than expend precious time on what is never their business, should use the remaining few days judiciously.
“Secondly, whatever is happening in the PDP is a conversation among leaders of the party and that, in itself, is a reflection of the PDP as a living and engaging political party. The conversation in the PDP is all about consensus building, which in itself is a major ingredient for peace and unity.
“The same, of course, cannot be said of the APC where what exists is at best graveyard peace. It is on record that in the seven years and more that the APC has been in power and with the attendant hardship that the party has foisted on the ordinary people of Nigeria, the candidate of the APC, former governor Bola Tinubu had not for one single time, stood on the side of the people.
“And, that is so for the obvious reason that the presidential candidate of the APC considers his poorly conceived presidential ambition more important than the adversity that his party has unleashed on a vast majority of Nigerians. We wish to remind the APC that its presidential candidate has to own the failures of the party in the last seven plus years. He should also know that Nigerians will reward their failure with nothing less than a resounding loss in the election.
“Atiku is a democrat to the core and that is evident in the way that he continues to carry on with the responsibility of ensuring that the PDP rescues Nigeria from the stranglehold of the APC in the next year’s general election.”