“Atiku Was Never Senate President,” Phrank Shaibu Replies Tinubu Over Gaffe
- Bola Tinubu, again, made another blunder while addressing APC supporters in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom state capital
- The constant gaffes of the ruling party's presidential candidate have become an object of ridicule among some Nigerians on social media
- Tinubu's rival and former vice president, Atiku Abubakar says the recurrent slips by the former Lagos governor should not be overlooked
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FCT, Abuja - Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has declared that the constant gaffes of Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is now an embarrassment to Nigeria.
Atiku made the declaration in a statement by his special assistant on public communication, Phrank Shaibu on Monday, January 30.
The former vice president lamented that what started as a comic relief is slowly becoming a tragedy.
Also, on his Twitter page, Shaibu complained that Tinubu's gaffes are a threat to national security.
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Part of the statement read:
“Since Tinubu declared his intention to contest, he has made over 20 gaffes publicly. These gaffes, which have provided online skit makers with comic content, are no longer a laughing matter but a tragic embarrassment to a nation in dire need of salvation.
“His degenerate mental faculty is a clear and present danger to national security. A man who lacks clear control of his mental faculties cannot lead a nation.”
Atiku noted that since Tinubu is running for the most exalted office in the land, his gaffes must not be overlooked.
“Let us imagine him making such gaffes at meetings with world leaders. Nigeria would become the bu*tt of jokes across the world.
“Nigerians must note that the Bola Tinubu who served as governor from 1999 to 2007 is different from the Bola Tinubu of today. The Bola Tinubu of today lacks the capacity to lead a nation of 200 million people most of whom are living in abject poverty.
“It is really not about his age since many leaders across the world are also advanced in age. It is about his mien, his utterances and faux pas. These are things that can no longer be ignored.”
He added that on the surface, the constant gaffes of Tinubu might be funny, but they could become all the more tragic because he is the presidential candidate of Nigeria's ruling party.
According to him, Nigerians have a right to demand that any aspirant to that office should be in the best state of health.
Mahdi Shehu questions Tinubu's state of health
On his part, Nigerian businessman, medical practitioner, and activist, Mahdi Shehu, questioned the state of health of Tinubu.
In a post on Twitter, Shehu wrote:
“This is a clear case of advance dementia, and he is being marketed as a presidential material. Nigerians must think wisely.”
Dele Momodu predicts Atiku's victory, dismisses Tinubu, Obi
Meanwhile, Dele Momodu, a veteran journalist and former PDP presidential aspirant, says Atiku will emerge the next president of Nigeria.
Momodu said Tinubu does not have the national appeal to woo majority of Nigerian voters in the forthcoming election.
The media entrepreneur also dismissed the presidential aspirations of Labour Party's Peter Obi, saying he does not have the required numbers to win a national election.
PDP G-5 governors politically irrelevant, says Nabena
In a related development, Yekini Nabena, an APC chieftain has warned the ruling party's leaders having a chummy relationship with the G5 governors of the PDP to retrace their steps.
Nabena, a former deputy spokesman of the APC, says the aggrieved governors from the opposition party are inconsequential.
The Bayelsa-born APC chieftain stated that the governors have no major influence on voters ahead of the elections.