2023 Presidency: Tinubu, Atiku in War of Words Over ‘Dummy’ Running Mate
- Bola Tinubu of the APC has replied to the candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar over his comment on his inability to choose a permanent running mate at INEC stipulated deadline
- Atiku in a statement has said that the office of the president requires someone with clarity of purpose, who can decide on his running mates on time
- Tinubu in his reaction said it is unfortunate that Atiku and PDP made such a statement rather than paying attention to tackling their internal crisis
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The presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has asked the opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to concentrate on his party’s affairs.
Atiku, who is the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, June 20, dragged Tinubu and some presidential aspirants for their inability to produce their permanent running mates within the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s deadline.
Daily Trust reports that Atiku in a statement said that the office of the presidency requires someone who can make decisions in picking his running mate.
The major three political parties that have provided dummy vice-presidential candidates included Tinubu of APC, Rabiu Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP).
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“The office of the presidency needs someone who has the clarity to make decisions without hesitation.”
“In developed democratic countries, the process and picking of a running mate by a presidential candidate is a step to understanding the capacity of a candidate and his capability to do the job,” Atiku’s statement reads in part.
PDP should focus on its internal crisis and stay out of APC affairs - Tinubu
However, Tinubu through his spokesperson, Tunde Rahman, stated that it is pathetic that Atiku and PDP utter such a statement.
Rahman while speaking to BBC said the PDP should focus more on resolving its internal crisis.
“The PDP should pay attention to resolving their internal crisis, they failed to fulfill all their internal promises.”
“They should stop the propaganda campaign on Muslim-Muslim ticket, amongst others,” Tinubu’s spokesman said.
Atiku drags Tinubu, Peter Obi over failure to choose running mates before deadline
Legit.ng reports that the PDP presidential candidate and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, has mocked Bola Tinubu and Peter Obi over their failure to take the first and important decision.
Atiku in a statement he personally signed stated that the office of the president requires that the holders must have a clarity of mind of making decisions on running mates.
Tinubu and Obi and candidates of the APC and Labour Party, who are yet to choose running mates but submitted temporary names, with 30 days space of time to replace them.
Handpicked candidate cannot represent future of hope, Atiku highlights the errors in APC convention
PDP's presidential aspirant, Atiku Abubakar, has criticised the APC over Senate President Ahmed Lawan's emergence as the consensus candidate.
Atiku says Lawan's candidature is undemocratic and such a candidate cannot represent the future of hope Nigerians are looking for.
The former vice president and PDP flagbearer also condemned the ruling party for conducting its convention on working days, noting that 2023 will be a referendum to score the APC.