ABUJA- The All Progressives Congress’ (APC) presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, came under fire yesterday from the presidential campaign teams of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP) for allegedly lacking the ability to lead the nation.
The two spoke in response to Tinubu’s criticism of them at APC presidential events and rallies last weekend in Lagos and Delta.
When visiting HRM Oboro Gbaraun II, the Pere of the Gbaramatu Kingdom, in Gbaramatu, Warri South-West Local Government Area of Delta State, Tinubu pleaded with him to tell the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate to stop running.
When visiting the revered monarch at his palace in Oporozo, Tinubu observed that there weren’t many people running for president.
“One says he is Atiku. How many times has he been running? He’s always on the run. He is never tired of running. Tell him to go and sit down… The other one (Peter Obi of the Labour Party) lies with statistics and arithmetic.
”No Indian can solve it. To mention his name is a disgrace to me. He gives wrong statistics and wrong arithmetic about the economy,” Tinubu had said.
At a rally on Saturday at Teslim Balogun Stadium in Lagos, Tinubu urged Nigerians to force Atiku to step down permanently in 2023 because, after 16 years in power, he and the PDP had nothing to offer the populace.
ATIKU CAMPAIGN: Tinubu’s desperate attempt to deflect attention from the 7 disastrous years of the APC
The Atiku-Okowa presidential campaign, however, urged Nigerians yesterday to see through Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu’s desperate attempt to deflect attention from his party’s seven disastrous years in power.
In a telephone interview with Vanguard yesterday in Abuja, the campaign’s spokesperson, Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan, stated that Tinubu, who was undoubtedly embarrassed by the disastrous performance of the Muhammadu Buhari-led APC administration over the previous seven years, was looking for ways to divert Nigerians’ attention by making fun of the PDP and Atiku.
Additionally, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, the special assistant on Public Communications for the PDP’s Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, described Tinubu as a clown more appropriate for the stage than the presidency of Nigeria.
Ologbondiyan said: “It is unfortunate that a candidate that cannot offer, let alone activate alternative programmes is seeking to counsel Nigerians on how to cast their votes.
“Is it not laughable that a candidate, who cannot campaign on a single achievement of his party’s misadventure in governance, is seeking to blackmail Nigerians?
“It is instructive for Tinubu to know that Nigerians are desirous of returning to those 16 years with improvements from our presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as life was far better to the misrule which Asiwaju and his co-travellers imposed on Nigerians just because of his life ambition.
The PDP campaign spokesman noted that Nigerians, who were currently suffering under the APC’s misrule, were praying for February 2023 to arrive soon so they could vote the APC out of office and install the PDP once again in order to protect the future of future generations.
Tinubu is a clown, fit only for the theatre—ATIKU’s AIDE
Also speaking, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, said: ”Tinubu should be contesting to be the Grand Comedian of the Federal Republic and not Grand Commander of the Federal Republic going by his utterances.
”It is public knowledge that every time Tinubu comes out in public to make a statement or two, he has always goofed.
“If he is not saying that voter’s card has expiration date; he is saying young Nigerians are tweeting on WhatsApp or that 50 million youths should be recruited into the Nigerian Army and be fed with cassava in the morning, and Agbado in the night.
“How can you say Nigerians are tweeting on WhatsApp? Is that the kind of person we want to hand 21st Century Nigeria over to?
“In his latest gaffe at the Lagos rally, he asked Nigerians to get their APV in order to vote for APC when even primary school children know that PVC is the only item that admits a voter into a polling unit.
“Without mincing words, Tinubu’s gaffes already supply comedians, skit makers, meme-makers, and TikTokers with content.
“He is a self-writing joke and will make Nigeria a bye-word for scorn among the comity of nations, which is why he shouldn’t get close to power,”Shaibu further said.
He argued that Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s claim that Tinubu would free Nigerians from hardship and hunger at the Lagos rally was an attack on the APC and an admission that, in fact, more than 133 million Nigerians now live in extreme poverty, according to the National Bureau of Statistics, NBS.
“Now they are selling a message of a renewed hope. It is common knowledge that darkness cannot cure darkness and sickness cannot cure sickness. How can the APC be promising to fix problems exacerbated by the same APC? This is balderdash,” he said.
Tinubu lacks capacity to grasp Obi’s statistics – OBI-DATTI CAMPAIGN
The All Progressives Congress, APC, presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, reportedly dislikes facts and figures being used by opponents in place of simple rhetoric, according to the media team of the Labour Party, LP, presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi.
The Obi-Datti Media Office said in a statement yesterday noted that Tinubu had said at a rally of rented crowds in Gbaramatu, Delta State, that Peter Obi of the Labour Party lied with figures, stressing that “a speech-challenged contestant, who cannot pronounce or spell ‘m.u.l.t.i.p.l.i.c.a.t.i.o.n’ and wants to argue about numbers, arithmetic, and statistics says a lot about how low we have climbed in this country.”
The LP candidate’s campaign team added that he was full of doable ideas and was demystifying electioneering rhetoric by using straightforward facts and figures in his campaigns.
“Providing the numbers shows Peter Obi’s preparedness for the high office of the president if and when hired by Nigerian voters come 2023,” the media office said.
The Obi-Datti Media Office said it was aware of the inability of some candidates in the presidential race to cope with Peter Obi’s speed and deep knowledge of issues; saying, “this has resulted in a grand design to distract his focus from the issue-driven campaigns, which are resonating very well with Nigerians, who are ready and committed to taking back their country from forces that have held it down over the years.”
The LP statement added that it was dangerous to dine with the devil without the proverbial long spoon or to run with the robber and mislead onlookers about who the real thief was in reference to the use of figures to convey facts.
“Our candidate has said repeatedly that his assertions were verifiable and dared anybody with contrary facts and figures to come up.
”Analysts, media houses, and opponents have formed fact-checking units in their organisations ostensibly to contradict Peter Obi’s facts and figures, but, they are yet to succeed,” the media team said.
It referred to a recent Arise TV town hall meeting in Abuja where a team of fact-checkers was assembled to nail Obi, but it was noted that they ultimately offered him an apology.
“The acceptable mantra is always if you can’t beat them, join them, but in Nigerian politics the reverse is the case: if you can’t beat them pull them down. That is what Obi’s opponents, who cannot cope with his deep know-how about the economy are doing.
“We find it extremely laughable and shameful that a candidate who is aspiring to lead his country has not been able to present any identifiable record of his origin, age, and educational background and he is challenging the man who is indisputably equipped with the way to go about salvaging our dear country.
“The fact that the APC man has questionable bio-data has left the electorate guessing his real age and health status,” the media office noted.
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