Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar has said his emergence has thrown President Muhammadu Buhari’s camp into confusion.
Atiku was over the weekend announced winner of the PDP primary and is set to battle incumbent President, Buhari, of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the exalted position in 2019.
The Buhari Campaign Organisation had alleged that Atiku’s victory was a result of money politics.
But a swift reaction by the Atiku Campaign Organisation has brought confusion into Buhari’s camp.
The statement listed the numerous corruption allegations under the present government and urged Nigerians to flush the APC out during the polls in 2019.
According to the statement, “We ask how can the Buhari Campaign Organisation disparage the PDP Primary that produced His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, when even the President’s own wife, Aisha Buhari, has condemned the APC’s primary?
“Not only did Mrs Buhari condemn APC’s primaries, but she also described them as ‘unfair’ and lacking in integrity. Who can know President Buhari better than his wife?”
It further noted that “Eleven aspirants contested against His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, during the Presidential primary of the PDP.
“Every single one of them accepted his victory. President Buhari was the only candidate cleared by the APC to contest its primary, yet, a coalition of 5 aspirants are challenging his victory, that alone tells Nigerians his emergence is fraudulent.
“Nigerians know that Atiku Abubakar is the most investigated politician in Nigeria and any smear by the Buhari administration remains just that. With the vindictiveness of President Buhari, he would have arrested Atiku if he had been found wanting.
“However, to set the record straight, we want to remind Nigerians that PDP’s primaries were genuine, free and fair. Atiku Abubakar got 1,532 votes in a contest televised live to millions of Nigerians.”
Furthermore, it said “The All Progressives Congress’ primary, on the other hand, was a study in dictatorship and corruption. The sole candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, scored almost 15 million votes. How could that occur without rigging or manufacturing of faceless voters?”
It added that “Nigerians have a choice of a man who will provide an efficient and business-friendly solution to the herdsmen crisis rather than and a man whose government said ‘giving land for cattle ranching is better than death.”