July 23 (THEWILL) – Former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has challenged APC’s Bola Ahmed Tinubu to submit to an “hour-long” interview “.
Atiku, the PDP’s presidential candidate for the 2023 elections, was responding to a statement from Tinubu’s campaign organization earlier on Saturday, about his disclosure on Tinubu’s application for a vice-presidential post in 2007.
The former vice president had on Friday, in an interview on Arise TV, attacked the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its presidential candidate, Tinubu, for settling for a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket for the election. of 2023.
Atiku said he turned down Tinubu’s offer to be his running mate in 2007, to avoid presenting a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
“My fundamental disagreement and my political departure with Asiwaju [Tinubu] since 2007 was due to the Muslim-Muslim ticket. Remember, I opted out of the PDP because of zoning, and together with Asiwaju we formed ACN.
“Tinubu wanted to be my running mate when I got the ACN presidential ticket in 2007, but I didn’t agree. And because of that, he shifted his support to the late Umar Yaradua. That was the starting point,” Atiku said in the interview.
But describing Atiku as a pathological liar, Tinubu in a statement released on Saturday, by his media assistant, Tunde Rahman, claimed that he, Atiku, was the one who offered him the vice-presidential ticket, adding that Nigerians should feel a great pity. and sadness for the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
He accused Abubakar of belittling himself by pandering to basic prejudices at a time when Nigeria needs real leadership.
“We are saddened to see such a man become unhinged from the truth. He is so obsessed with his quest for office that Atiku is willing to return any form of untruth if he thinks it might earn him a single vote. Atiku may want to be president, however, all he has shown is that he is pathological.
“Whatever moral compass he had, it was lost. During a July 22 TV interview, Atiku attacked the historical truth by lying that he didn’t name Tinubu as a running mate in 2007 on the Action Congress ticket because Atiku didn’t want a Muslim as a running mate,” he said, accusing Atiku of illegally enriching himself while in government.
Tinubu also accused the PDP candidate of hypocrisy, spreading lies and misunderstanding of history and current events.
But in a quick response Saturday night, a statement from Atiku’s media assistant Paul Ibe challenged Tinubu to submit to an hour-long interview, as Atiku did, if he was ” mentally present” and sufficiently articulate to do so.
He said that Tinubu and his “yes men” were unable to criticize Atiku when they did not sit in the “hot seat”.
“We would like to challenge Bola Tinubu to submit to an hour-long interview, as the Waziri did, and if he is able to be as articulate and mentally present as our candidate, then he can speak.
“Until then, we would only like to remind him and his supporters that they are unable to point fingers when they have not sat in the hot seat,” the statement read.
He also answered other questions raised by the Tinubu campaign, including his time (Atiku) in the Nigerian Customs Service and his academic qualifications.
The statement, titled “We challenge Bola Tinubu to take the hot seat,” reads in full:
“We were rather amused to read Tinubu’s campaign organization knee-jerk response to Waziri Atiku Abubakar’s wave-making interview given to Arise TV on Thursday, July 21, 2022.
“Fun, because we expected it. Mr. Tinubu did not sit down for an extended interview for obvious reasons. Nigerians have seen him speak in public and can themselves measure why he is mortified to do so.
“Nevertheless, I will now take the questions from their statement one at a time.
“The Tinubu campaign has exposed its glaring desperation and emptiness by citing the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) 1999, to declare Waziri Atiku Abubakar’s position on engaging in parallel activity , while he was a young customs officer as a violation of the law It is pertinent to educate the Tinubu campaign organization that Nigeria is not under a military regime and our Constitutions are not such as retroactive.
“Once again, the Tinubu campaign betrayed dishonesty or lack of attention to detail by claiming that Atiku Abubakar said oil contributes 20% of Nigeria’s GDP. This is a lie. What the Waziri said is as follows:
“Oil may only be about 20% of our GDP.
“The use of the word ‘perhaps’ by the Waziri was in reflection on the various figures given. While the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics gives a figure close to 10%, other multilateral organizations have given a much higher figure, between 15 and 20%. So, while the jury is still out, it’s fair to call oil and gas’s contribution a maybe. However, we would like to point out that Waziri Atiku Abubakar mentioned both PDP and APC during the interview and did not forget the name of his own party.
“It seems that Tinubu’s campaign organization (can a disorganized body be called an organization?) does not know the meaning of rotation of power and micro zoning. We will therefore be happy to educate them. Rotation of power refers to a constitutional arrangement where power is distributed between North and South. Micro-zoning refers to a non-constitutional idea, where power is zoned not between North and South, but between geopolitical zones. We hope this will resolve the political illiteracy of the authors of this document.
“The crude response also accuses Waziri Atiku Abubakar of having a ‘limited education’, Atiku Abubakar holds a master’s degree from Anglia Ruskin University. We challenge any of the current presidential candidates to present an equal or higher degree Also, his college attendance is a matter of verified record.Can the same be said for some other people?
“On President Lincoln, we fear the poor history student is the disorganization of the Tinubu campaign. Yes, it is true that Lincoln ran for president twice with his name on the ballot. But he showed up at other times and failed to get his name on the ballot.
“In conclusion, we would like to challenge Bola Tinubu to submit to an hour-long interview, as the Waziri did, and if he is able to be as articulate and mentally present as our candidate, then he can speak Until then, we’ll just want to remind him and his supporters that they’re in no position to point fingers if they haven’t sat in the hot seat.