The presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, has described the ambition of his main rival and People’s Democratic Party, (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as a wild goose chase.
Tinubu in a statement on Friday said the presidential ambition of Atiku Abubakar who incidentally was the main opposition party candidate in the 2019 general elections has again hit the rocks.
The APC presidential candidate in a statement signed by Bayo Onanuga, Director, Media and Publicity APC Presidential Campaign Council noted that the deep-seated animosity within the PDP between the Atiku camp and certain chieftains and governors led by Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike was an indication that the PDP presidential candidate has lost the election, “even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) blows the whistle for electioneering campaign.”
Tinubu accused the former vice president of instigating the crisis in the PDP by standing against the popular opinion that power should shift to the South in 2023 to the consternation of those who looked up to him to play the role of a unifier. “Instead of being a unifier, Atiku is now a divider-in-chief,” Tinubu argued.
The APC presidential candidate, in the statement titled, “Let us pity Atiku, another shot at presidency is slipping away, ” said the present travails of the PDP presidential candidate was self-inflicted,” Atiku brought this unto himself and we dare say he can kiss his ill-fated presidential bid goodbye.”
The statement read in part: “Once again, another bid for the presidency of our country by former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar is slipping away. This is unravelling before our very eyes even before the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) blows the whistle for the electioneering campaign. His party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is in disarray. The signs are just too ominous for the Waziri what with the report by the Economic Intelligence Unit predicting another trashing for him in the forthcoming polls.
“After violating his party’s code for power rotation between the north and south and grabbing the PDP ticket without a modicum of sensibilities about our national ethos, Alhaji Atiku is now faced with the karma of his inordinate ambition.