Atiku/Okowa, Presidential Campaign Organisation, says the plan by the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to drag President Muhammadu Buhari into his campaign to use him to gain mileage or launder his image would be fruitless.
The campaign said it is indeed ludicrous that Tinubu, who has alleged baggage, is now seeking President Buhari’s presence in his campaign after he had boastfully claimed that he (President Buhari) had no political relevance and could not become President until he (Tinubu) came to his rescue.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, the campaign said that Nigerians watched as Tinubu’s publicity derided, scorned and disparaged President Buhari and even demonstrated how, according to him, President Buhari cried after losing election thrice until he (Tinubu) picked him up, wiped his tears and made him President.
“Nigerians are wondering what roles Tinubu, who disparaged Buhari as not having political weight, now wants President Buhari to play in the campaign for which he is forcefully dragging him to the arena, if not to smear Mr President with his putrid stains.
“Nigerians are wondering what President Buhari, with his professed aversion to corruption and drug-related issues, will be saying while presenting Asiwaju Tinubu to the electorate in rallies, if he ever does.
“Will President Buhari be explaining to Nigerians the link the APC Presidential Candidate had with narcotics for which a Court of competent jurisdiction in the United States of America ordered the forfeiture of a gargantuan sum of $460,000 found in Tinubu’s account as proceeds of illicit transactions?
“Will Buhari be apologising to Nigerians for approving, as a military Head of State, the execution of a set of Nigerians for a drug-related offence only to now be presenting someone that forfeited money in a narcotic-related matter as President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria?
“Does President Buhari have answers to the malodourous issues of perjury, certificate forgery and inconsistencies in age, educational qualification and ancestry that are plaguing Asiwaju Tinubu or has President Buhari any explanation on who Asiwaju’s classmates were at the Government College, Ibadan or at the non-existent Aroloya primary school?” The campaign asked.
The campaign said that it has become clear that Tinubu, who does not believe in President Buhari’s political currency and relevance is dragging President Buhari into his deflated campaign as a decoy to transfer his corruption and criminal allegation burdens on Mr. President.
“It is, however, imperative that the APC Presidential candidate should know that it is too late in the day to stage such a political stunt given that his image has gone beyond redemption,” the campaign said.
The campaign said that Tinubu must learn to face his woes by personally providing answers for the allegations, after which he should apologise to Nigerians and quit the Presidential race since the people have already reached a consensus on his rejection at the polls.
It added: “Nigerians are not willing to compromise their determination to rescue our nation by voting in the Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, whose credentials of integrity, hard work, capacity, relevant experience, presence of mind and readiness to deliver have distinguished him from leading our nation at this critical time.”