2023 Presidency: APC, PDP War of Words Heightens as Atiku Suffers Major Sneer

2023 Presidency: APC, PDP War of Words Heightens as Atiku Suffers Major Sneer

  • Ahead of next month's presidential polls, more drama has begun to unfold between the camp of the APC and PDP
  • However, the PDP seems to have suffered the worst hit following the SPV scandal of its candidate, Atiku Abubakar
  • Reacting to this development, the APC presidential campaign council described Atiku as unfit to oversee the affairs of Nigeria

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Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has suffered yet another sneer from the camp of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC).

In a recent statement by Bayo Onanuga, the publicity director of the APC Presidential Campaign Council, the party described the PDP candidate as a man who “lacks the character to be the president of Nigeria.”

Atiku Abubakar
Amid the scandals attached to Atiku Abubakar, many political pundits still tip him as a favourite to win the presidential polls. Photo: Atiku Abubakar
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According to the statement, the APC is calling for the apprehension of the PDP bannerman for allegedly operating Special Purpose Vehicles (SPVs) used to siphon and divert public funds.

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This, according to Daily Trust, was in response to PDP's call on the National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to arrest and probe the alleged drug activities of Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the APC bannerman.

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Meanwhile, in APC's statement, the party said:

“It is obvious that the PDP and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are yet to recover from the bombshell the APC PCC released last week.”

An audio record of Atiku and one of his aides was said to have leaked on social media, which was reported to have led to raging questions about his competence and credibility.

In a further reaction to the scandal, the APC said:

“Since the scandal broke out, along with legal action to compel anti-graft agencies to perform their role, Atiku and his party, PDP, have laboured in vain to deflect and cover-up with their series of ad hominem arguments.

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“Instead of Atiku to apologise to Nigerians for abusing his office and position of trust as vice-president in the past, his spokesmen continue to dig deeper in the hole they already found themselves.”

Atiku yet to publicly debunk SPV allegation

Meanwhile, Atiku is yet to issue a statement debunking the alleged leaked audio and is yet to publicly deny it. This has further put questions on the lips of Nigerians about his antecedents and his chances in the 2023 presidential polls.

To this, the APC continued;

“Our stand remains that Atiku Abubakar lacks the character to be the president of Nigeria.
“He is unfit to lead our country because he can be an easy target for compromises that will be against national interest."

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Meanwhile, the APC PCC spokesperson, Festus Keyamo, has expressed his readiness to go to jail if Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential flagbearer, wins the election.

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Keyamo said he is not relenting in his decision to drag the PDP candidate to court over corruption allegations and other related offenses.

Michael Achimugu, a whistle-blower, alleged that Atiku used SPV to steal public funds when he was VP between 1999 and 2007 and the APC is reacting to the allegation.

Source: Legit.ng

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