The Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organization has informed the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, that the South West is not for sale.
The Atiku campaign mocked the APC candidate over what it described as Tinubu’s “failed attempt to procure reputable South West leaders to support his tottering and self-seeking Presidential ambition.“
This was contained in a statement signed by the Atiku-Okowa Campaign Spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, on Monday.
He said, “Nigerians watched with dismay as the APC Presidential Candidate resorted to playing ethnic card at a session he organized at Pa Reuben Fasoranti’s house in Akure, Ondo State, at the weekend, in a bid to divert attention from his numerous anti-people issues and use the unsuspecting leaders to create an impression of having secured the endorsement of the South West.
“Our electoral process is badly scandalized by report in the public space that the APC have been making huge financial overtures to some leaders to create factions in certain credible Pan-South West organizations and use such procured factions to pronounce support for the APC Presidential Candidate.
“The very thought by the APC Presidential Campaign to compromise the leaders of the South West is to say the least, reprehensible, atrocious, sacrilegious and show the extent of disrespect, irreverence and disdain the APC has for such revered leaders.
“Asiwaju Tinubu ought to know that he cannot sway or buy the South West or any other part of the country the way he procured the APC Presidential ticket; a ticket that has been compared to the Zimbabwean dollar.“
He further said, “The handlers of the APC Presidential Candidate should know that the South West, like other sections of the country, are holding Tinubu directly responsible for the woes the nation have been passing through in the last seven and half years of the APC administration; an administration Asiwaju Tinubu confessed to have helped install.
“Moreover, Asiwaju Tinubu cannot be trusted by the South West or any part of the country for that matter as his persistent self-centered assertions and barefaced entitlement messaging demonstrate that his presidential ambition is driven by the pursuit of personal aggrandizement and not to serve the people.
“It is clear that majority of the people of the South West have rejected the APC Presidential candidate and cannot fall to APC’s trickeries.
“This informs why the APC lost woefully in the July 16 Osun State governorship election to the PDP; a state considered to be Asiwaju’s ancestry home.
“The people of the South West are knowledgeable; they are egalitarian; they know what is in their best interest and Asiwaju Tinubu’s life ambition does not represent that.
“If anything, Asiwaju represents all the woes, miseries, agonies, pains and desolations brought to our country by the APC administration.
“This is why the South West and other regions of the country are rallying with the Presidential Candidate of the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, who represents the hope of Nigerians in their collective determination to rescue and rebuild our nation from the ruins caused by Asiwaju Tinubu’s APC administration.”