- A member of the ruling APC campaign team has reacted to Bola Tinubu's attacks on Atiku Abubakar, in recent days
- The APC chieftain maintained that Tinubu's jabs were mere words, not too personal as they sounded, noting it was part of the 2023 campaign intrigues, needed to spice up the poll ahead
- Meanwhile, the PDP campaign team had earlier stated that Tinubu lacked the capacity to lead the country while reacting to the APC's attacks on Atiku during its presidential rallies and activities in Delta and Lagos
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A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Ayo Oyalowo has downplayed recent attacks by the party’s presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s on his counterpart of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
Tinubu, last Friday, November 25, mocked Atiku over the latter’s multiple attempts to occupy the number one political office in the country.
Atiku, aged 76, previously lost presidential bids in 1993, 2007, 2011, 2015 and 2019.
APC member speaks on Tinubu and Atiku's recent war of words
Oyalowo, who made a live appearance on Channels Television’s Politics Today on Monday, November 28, argued that Tinubu’s political jibes on Atiku were simply to “spice up” the 2023 campaign.
PDP chieftain reacts
However, spokesperson for the PDP PCC, Charles Aniagwu, in his response, pointed out that President Muhammadu Buhari had similarly contested for president four times prior to his win in 2015 via the newly amalgamated APC.
“Even Charles knows that he is just making a mountain out of a molehill. Normally, in political contests, there are necessary times you throw jibes,” Oyalowo said.
2023: Atiku, Okowa pull out of presidential town hall series ahead of polls
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa have both pulled out of The Candidates Presidential Town Hall Series organised by the Nigeria Television Authority and its partners.
A short statement from the organisers noted that the former vice president and the Delta state governor stayed away from the event 'due to unavoidable conflicts.'
Atiku also stayed away from the presidential debate organised by Arise TV in Abuja recently, but he was represented by Okowa.
2023: Stick to issues, not sentiments - APC chieftain tells presidential candidates
Meanwhile, an All Progressives Congress (APC) chieftain, Gbenga Olawepo-Hashim recently warned presidential candidates of the various political parties against further widening the existing gulf and divisions in the country in their race and ambition for 2023.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng, the APC chieftain explained that in the quest for power by the candidates, rather than addressing issues that are relevant to our nationhood, the actors have been inflaming the passion of tribal and religious bias among citizens.
According to him, the supporters of the candidates are also driving their campaigns and marketing of their candidates via intimidation, threat, disinformation and blackmail, without any word of caution from their principals.