By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The National Vice Chairman (North East) of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Prof. Tahir Mamman has been warned to stop advising former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to
to abandon his presidential ambition ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The warning was contained in a statement yesterday by a group, under the aegis of All Atiku Support Group, AASG, in Abuja.
In the statement signed by its National Coordinator, Hon. Oladimeji Fabiyi, the group said that Prof. Mamman has no business advising Atiku Abubakar or anyone else in the opposition party to abandon his presidential ambition.
The pro-Atiku group maintained that it is not within the right of Mamman to decide for PDP or interfere in its internal affairs.
The group advised Prof. Mamman to forget about Atiku’s ambition and apologise to Nigerians for the colossal and disastrous failures of the APC administration.
The group, in the statement said, ‘The attention of All Atiku Support Group has been drawn to a statement by the APC National Vice Chairman (North East), Prof. Tahir Mamman in which he called on the former Vice President to abandon his presidential ambition.
“Mamman, who was quoted in a section of the media, had no business advising Atiku Abubakar or anyone else in the opposition party to abandon his presidential ambition, more so because it’s not within the right of Mamman to decide for PDP or interfere in its internal affairs.
“Besides, Atiku didn’t discuss his future political plans with Mamman and therefore he had no right to meddle in the affairs of the PDP.
“As far as Atiku is concerned, only God knows the future and so it’s too early to start talking about ambition at this point.
“If Mamman is sincere, he should be apologizing to Nigerians for the incalculable misery imposed on their lives by the APC administration instead of talking about Atiku’s ambition.
“The Buhari administration has aggravated and accelerated poverty so much that Nigeria has won the notorious distinction as the poverty capital of the world.
“Instead of worrying about Atiku’s ambition, Prof. Mamman should apologise to Nigerians for the current frightening level of poverty and joblessness in the country.
“The recent protests went beyond anger against the police; it merely revealed the undercurrents of frustrations and disillusionment of our youths who are victims of poor governance under the most incompetent government in Nigeria’s political history.
“These are the issues that should worry Prof. Mamman instead of using Atiku’s name to divert attention from the colossal failure of the so-called Buhari alternative.
“Under the APC administration, our economy is groaning under the weight of heavy foreign debts which endangers our future.
“The Buhari administration has destroyed the efforts of former President Obasanjo to extricate Nigeria from the shackles of foreign debts.
“We are dealing with a government that is good at sharing money instead of creating wealth and dragging the country into massive debt burden.
“Prof. Mamman should advise the President to throw in the towel in the face of these miseries and and disgraceful failures.
“Buhari’s second term is the continuation of poverty and hopeless future for Nigerians.