- The PDP has replied Asiwaju Bola Tinubu after the former Lagos state governor's scathing attacks on Atiku Abubkar's State of the Nation address
- The PDP said all the accusations of undemocratic actions alluded to by Tinubu against its presidential candidate are false
- The party stated that Atiku is an established democrat, noting that comments from Tinubu cannot detract that fact
The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) says its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is an established democrat, adding that comments from Asiwaju Bola Tinubu cannot detract that fact.
The PDP was replying Tinubu's scathing attacks on Atiku's recent State of the Nation address where he accused President Muhammadu Buhari of dictatorship.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng by the PPCO spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, the PDP said Tinubu, in attacking Atiku's address, “which embodied the concerns, fears and apprehensions of Nigerians over President Muhammadu Buhari’s despotic tendencies, has shown that he has finally turned his back against Nigerians because of pecuniary interests.”
“We invite Nigerians to note that all the accusations of undemocratic actions alluded to by Asiwaju Tinubu against Atiku Abubakar did not come under Atiku Abubakar’s purview of decision or his sphere of control while in office as the Vice President of Nigeria.
“If anything, Atiku Abubakar was in charge of the economy during the period and every Nigerian can testify that, within that time, our economy thrived to be one of the fastest growing in the world and the purchasing power of citizens was much more higher than what obtains today.
“It is therefore very pitiable that Asiwaju has become flippant in his desperation to please the cabal and market a bad product that President Buhari has become before Nigerians.
“It is rather unfortunate that while other respected leaders in our country are rallying with the peoples candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to rescue our nation from the stranglehold of undemocratic forces, Asiwaju is busy dining with such oppressive forces and casting aspersion on respected leaders, to the chagrin of Nigerians across the board,” the PDP said.
The party further challenged Tinubu to list a single attribute of President Buhari that qualifies him as a democrat.
“By supporting President Buhari, Asiwaju has exposed his support for nepotism, hunger, insecurity, violation of human rights, constitutional breaches, attacks on democratic institutions, disobedience of court orders, arbitrary arrests, illegal detention, low purchasing power of citizens as well as other vices by which the Buhari administration is known,” the statement concluded.
The PDP had earlier condemned Tinubu over his comments against former president Olusegun Obasanjo, describing it as disrespectful, reckless, unguarded and indecorous.
The party was responding to Tinubur's comments on Obasanjo after the former president took the Buhari's government to the cleaners over its performance in office.
The PDP in a statement sent to Legit.ng by Ologbodiyan, on Tuesday, January 22, said Tinubu in his tirade against the former president, “sounded like a disrobed ruler facing a pang of defeat as he watches his empire being legitimately taken.”
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