2023: Your Views About Insecurity Are Exaggerated, APC Campaign Fires Atiku
The All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council has advised the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, to stop lying and making empty promises to Nigerians.
In a statement on Sunday, the APC Campaign’s Director of Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, called on the former Vice President to stop presenting a false narrative about the country’s present reality.
Onanuga said Atiku, at his campaign rally in Abuja on Saturday, pushed a false narrative that the country is not secure for trading and farming, saying that his views about insecurity are exaggerated.
The APC chieftain opined with the performance of the PDP in its 16 years in office, the opposition party has no grounds to seek another shot at the presidency.
He said: “We are aware that this is his last shot at the elusive presidency, Atiku, while on the hustings, has been spewing a series of lies, making empty promises, and presenting a false narrative about our present reality and the legacy of the 16-year ignoble era of the PDP administration, of which he was a principal actor.
“He claimed at his rally in Abuja on Saturday that the country is not secure for trading and farming, a false narrative that he has been pushing around for some time, since he relocated to Nigeria from his base in Dubai, principally to contest the election. We believe in his private moment that Atiku will concede that his view about insecurity is exaggerated.
“Our country is certainly better secure than in 2015 when the PDP allowed insurgents to seize 17 local councils in Borno and some four councils in Atiku’s home state of Adamawa State when Abuja was under constant bomb attacks and people slept with eyes wide open.
“What further proof of the progress made by the APC does Atiku need than the fact that he was able, recently, to carry his party men and women to Maiduguri to hold a rally, without any attacks by insurgents and bandits? Atiku can also drive smoothly from Yola, his state capital to Jada, his home town on a reconstructed road by the Buhari-led APC administration.”
Onanuga also said with the current crisis in the PDP, the party has no basis to campaign with the promise of ‘rescuing” Nigeria, adding that Atiku should be ashamed of his party’s record in office.
He added: “We ask again, can a party that cannot recover due to its internal implosion and crisis recover and rescues Nigeria? Let the PDP rescue and recover itself and its abandoned national secretariat first. After raising over N20 Billion to build a national party office, PDP and its leaders plundered the money the same way they plundered our country.
“Our advice to Nigerians is to ignore anything Atiku Abubakar says. He is a bloody liar and a desperate politician who should never be trusted.”