The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday described Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos State and a national leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as a self-centred politician whose support for President Muhammadu Buhari was buoyed by selfish interest and not love for the country.
It would be recalled that Tinubu, few days ago, said the PDP was seeking power to return the country to the dark days when the economy crumbled and Nigerians groaned under its reign between 1999 and 2015.
He also said it amounted to standing logic on its head to compare Atiku Abubakar, PDP presidential candidate, to President Muhammadu Buhari, who is seeking re-election on the platform of the APC.
However, responding to Tinubu’s claim in an exclusive interview with Daily Independent, Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, said having deceived Nigerians in 2015 into voting for President Buhari, Nigerians were now wiser and would never listen to Tinubu again, no matter the negative remarks he would make about the PDP and its presidential candidate.
According to him, having seen the state of the country under Buhari’s leadership in the last four years, it is surprising why Tinubu who should have apologised to Nigerians would be asking the electorate to allow Buhari preside over the affairs of the country for another four years.
“Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is only supporting President Buhari for his selfish, political interest. He is not doing that for the love of our nation. If indeed he loves this country and wants the best for us, he will not try to impose a candidate who was asked a question on national television but does not understand what the question was all about.
“He will not try to foist a candidate who presented a presidential flag to a governorship candidate and calls that person the presidential candidate, and later a senatorial candidate.
“So, Nigerians already know Asiwaju Tinubu for who he is and they will not listen to him this time around. He misled them in 2015 and they will not allow that to happen again. They know he is only pursuing his personal interest, not the interest of nationhood.
“The APC promised us change in 2015 but almost four years down the line, nothing has changed. In fact, the situation has gone from bad to worse under APC.
“I believe we deserve total apology from the APC because they have failed grossly in handling the security challenges which is one of the cardinal programmes of the Buhari-led administration.
“We have taken on the APC and President Buhari on three key promises they made to Nigerians during the last election. They promised to revive the economy but the losses of jobs that we have experienced and the cost of living that has gone up astronomically has demonstrated to all of us that President Buhari has not fulfilled his promise about reviving the economy.
“Two, he promised to fight corruption and he is seen as Mr. Integrity but it is very worrisome that President Buhari is not fighting corruption but busy fighting perceived enemies and possible opponents in the 2019 elections.
“All he wants to do is to rig the process to his advantage and to the advantage of his party,” he said.