The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has said his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, is “fantastically corrupt and unfit to hold public office owing to his alleged corruption.“
This was contained in a statement issued on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, by the PDP Presidential Campaign Organization in response to an earlier statement released by the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).
The APC PCC, in a statement issued by its Director of Media and Publicity, Bayo Onanuga, had challenged Atiku to step down from the presidential race and come clean over his health status and the scandalous confession of how he colluded with his former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo to fleece the Nigerian treasury, using the Special Purpose Vehicles between 1999 to 2007.
Reacting in a statement signed by its Spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja, on Wednesday, the PDP Campaign Organization asked Tinubu to resign from the presidential race due to his alleged corruption and involvement in drugs.
He said it is ridiculous that the Tinubu campaign would attempt to impute illness on a healthy and energetic PDP flag bearer and to impugn his impeccable character and integrity.
The statement reads, “The campaign also describes as ludicrous the failed attempt by Tinubu , the famed Lagos property stripper, who has gained notoriety as corruption personified and the living example of the ‘artful dodger” , to impugn the impeccable character and integrity of the incoming peoples’ President, Atiku.
“It is imperative to observe that our campaign had focused on issues and refrained from Tinubu’s appalling health issues prior to this ignoble public dance of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign.
“However, since Tinubu by himself has opened the channels for Nigerians to examine his ill-health, we have no other option than to further expose that the APC Candidate must be suffering from manifest Parkinson’s disease accompanied with incontinence.
“For clarity, Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder which symptoms include shaking hands, stiffness of limbs, difficulty with coordination, problem with balance when walking; articulation disorder, memory problems as well as general mental and physical weakness which are all being witnessed in the APC Presidential Candidate.
“This perhaps accounts for the desperation, the endless gaffes, the articulation errors, the incoherence, the many blunders and disconnection from reality for which Asiwaju Tinubu has become the butt of weird jokes among Nigerians and internationally.“
The PDP campaign also advised Tinubu to take care of his health which has led to endless gaffes and articulation errors during his campaigns instead of speaking on the health status of Atiku.
It added, “It is rather unfortunate that the APC Presidential Candidate, who cannot stand erect or walk up an elevation unaided, who is plagued by visible tremor of the hands, who palpitates at the slightest physical exertion and who is reported in the public space as being challenged by incontinence could attempt to speak on the health status of any Nigerian.
“Moreover, some medical professionals have associated certain cases of nerve cell death with narcotic use and unhealthy lifestyle and our campaign urges Tinubu to examine himself in that regard.
“Furthermore, Nigerians find it incongruous that the tarnished Asiwaju Tinubu who is badgered by a smelly criminal past including the $460,000 forfeiture sentence for narcotic related offence by a Court of competent jurisdiction in the United States; alleged looting of Lagos State treasury and stripping of her property; cases of forgery, impersonation, perjury, inconsistencies in name, age as well as questionable educational background, ancestry and genealogy could attempt to speak on corruption and integrity.
“Asiwaju Tinubu should rather hide his face in shame given his malodourous activities for which well-meaning Nigerians have dissociated themselves from his Presidential Campaign.
“In any case, Nigerians are aware that Tinubu is not ethically, physically and mentally fit to hold office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, unlike the decent, honest, physically, mentally and emotionally fit Atiku Abubakar, who exhibits the manifest readiness, intellectual alertness, capacity and experience to lead our nation at this critical time.
“Those pushing Emilokan’s candidature cannot claim to be unaware that he is not fit to preside over a country of 200 million people. They just don’t wish Nigeria well.”