By Lateef Ibrahim
The Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) has said that its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is an established democrat and that the resort to flippancy by Buhari campaigner, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, cannot detract from that fact.
The PPCO pointed out that Tinubu, in attacking Atiku Abubakar’s state of the nation address, which embodied the concerns, fears and apprehensions of Nigerians over President Muhammadu Buhari’s despotic tendencies, has shown that he has finally turned his back against Nigerians because of pecuniary interests.
The PPCO said this in a statement yesterday by Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary and Director, Media and Publicity PDP Presidential Campaign Organization last on night in Abuja.
According to the statement, “We invite Nigerians to note that all the accusations of undemocratic actions alluded to by Asiwaju Tinubu against Atiku Abubakar did not come under Atiku Abubakar’s purview of decision or his sphere of control while in office as the Vice President of Nigeria.
“If anything, Atiku Abubakar was in charge of the economy during the period and every Nigerian can testify that, within that time, our economy thrived to be one of the fastest growing in the world and the purchasing power of citizens was much more higher than what obtains today.
“It is therefore very pitiable that Asiwaju has become flippant in his desperation to please the cabal and market a bad product that President Buhari has become before Nigerians.
“It is rather unfortunate that while other respected leaders in our country are rallying with the peoples candidate, Atiku Abubakar, to rescue our nation from the stranglehold of undemocratic forces, Asiwaju is busy dining with such oppressive forces and casting aspersion on respected leaders, to the chagrin of Nigerians across the board.
“From the foregoing, the PPCO challenges Asiwaju to list a single attribute of President Buhari that qualifies him as a democrat.