Former governor of Lagos State and national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC), Bola Tinubu has described the presidential aspirant of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) as a carnival-like politician with no focus, who is unfit to rule Nigeria.
Tinubu made the comment while delivering a Keynote address at a meeting of the National Consultative Forum organized by the national Committee of Buhari Support Groups held on Tuesday, December 4, 2018 in Abuja.
In his words;
“Atiku could build a house of the party membership cards he has accumulated. But one thing he should remember is that a man who builds a house of cards ought not to cast stones at a man who is building a house with a firm and true foundation.
He should also realise that such a feeble house will collapse as soon as the wind of truth blows it.”
Today’s Echo gathers that, in Abubakar Atiku’s extensive political career, he has played a dominant role in at least 4 political parties. In 1993, Atiku was part of the SDP, the party on whose platform, the late Moshood Abiola contested for president. In 1999, he became vice president to president Olusegun Obasanjo under the PDP.
Following a protracted conflict with Obasanjo, Atiku left the PDP and contested under the Action Congress(AC) in the 2007 presidential election, coming third behind Yar’ Adua and Buhari.
Atiku again returned to the PDP, and contested against Goodluck Jonathan in the party’s presidential primaries in 2010, losing to the latter. In the build-up to the 2015 elections, Atiku left PDP and became part of the APC coalition that ousted Jonathan and enthroned Buhari. He lost to Buhari at the APC primaries.
Today, Atiku is back in PDP and has emerged the party’s presidential candidate in a bid to oust Buhari, whom he was instrumental in installing.
Tinubu also attacked Atiku’s campaign pledge to ensure 14 million new jobs yearly, and crashing of fuel pump price, describing them as lies that have no basis for actualisation.
The APC leader berated former President Olusegun Obasanjo for suddenly doing a somersault to endorse Atiku’s presidential bid after vowing never to support him, saying the move by the former president to mend fences with his former deputy was not a sincere one.
He dismissed the PDP’s call for the resignation of the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, and the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Ibrahim Idris, describing it as blackmail.
Tinubu also spoke on the role being played by Senate President Bukola Saraki in the opposition party, describing him as a sell-out, who used APC’s mandate to negotiate with the opposition.
He said that the President Muhammadu Buhari will win the 2019 general Election adding that his administration has done well in fighting Boko Haram and handling the economy.