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2023: Atiku, Tinubu trade tackles, ask each other to “rest”

The presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and All Progressives Congress, APC, Atiku Abubakar, and Bola Tinubu, have continued to throw jibes at each other with less than 90 days to the February 2023 presidential elections.

Tinubu at a campaign rally at the Teslim Balogun Stadium, Surulere, Lagos, described the PDP candidate as a veteran aspirant who should go home and rest.

He said, “Atiku contested in the Social Democratic Party, he contested in PDP; he contested in (the defunct) Action Congress of Nigeria when we rescued him from Obasanjo. Now he is contesting again in PDP. He should go home and rest.

“Atiku has been running. Use your PVC (permanent voter cards) to vote him and his party out. Use your votes to retire him permanently this time. We must never again allow the rapacious and visionless gang of Peoples Destroying People to come near our commonwealth. They were in government for 16 years, they didn’t remember Badagry Expressway, they didn’t remember East-West Road, and they didn’t remember the Second Niger Bridge.”

In a swift rebuttal, the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, said with the series of “disgraceful allegations” against the APC presidential candidate, he has no integrity left to hold office as the President of Nigeria.

Kola Ologbondiyan, Spokesperson of the Atiku/Okowa Campaign Organization, in a statement described as laughable that Tinubu, “who cannot comprehend current political dynamics or articulate any meaningful conversation within the demands of the contemporary Nigeria”, is asking others to go home and rest when such is an advice, he ought to give to himself.

Ologbondiyan said Nigerians are in agreement that if there is any presidential candidate that must go home and rest as demanded by Tinubu, it is Tinubu himself “who has been reported as requiring support to stand, whose speeches are grossly incoherent and who has become the butt of weird jokes among Nigerians for his many blunders.

The campaign said is it not pathetic that Tinubu that had to “forcefully lock all markets in the entire Lagos State to get a motley of crew to attend a rancorous rally is contemplating winning a presidential election in Nigeria?

“Our Campaign counsels Asiwaju Tinubu to accept the reality that an overwhelming majority of Nigerians have already reached a consensus on electing the Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, giving his energy, competence, capacity, will power and understanding of the issues troubling our nation as well as his readiness to provide the solutions.”

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