APC Rally: Atiku/Okowa Campaign Mocks Tinubu Over Buhari’s Refusal To Endorse Him In Yola
The Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organization on Monday said Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, presidential candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) was visibly embarrassed over the failure of President Muhammadu Buhari to speak in his favour at the party’s rally in Yola, Adamawa State.
In a statement issued by Kola Ologbondiyan, a spokesperson for the Atiku Abubakar presidential campaign council, the campaign organization said it has been vindicated that President Buhari never wanted to associate with Tinubu but attended the rally after much pleading.
The statement reads “President Muhammadu Buhari, avoided the booby trap and failed to speak in his (Asiwaju’s) commendation at the APC Rally in Adamawa today”.
“The public watched as a visibly embarrassed Asiwaju Tinubu had to put up with President Buhari merely raising his hand without speaking on his (Tinubu’s) personality despite the pressure being mounted on him (Buhari)”.
“It is clear that President Buhari attended the APC Presidential rally, after much prodding, only to satisfy partisan exigencies and not to campaign for Asiwaju Tinubu, who is badgered by allegations bordering on narcotics, corruption, perjury, forgery, identity theft among others for which most well-meaning Nigerians have distanced themselves from his Presidential bid”.
BREAKING: 2023 Elections May Be Stalled Over Insecurity – INEC
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has warned that this year’s general election, which is months away faces a serious threat of cancellation if the waves of insecurity in parts of the country fail to improve.
The INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu, represented by the Chairman Board of Electoral Institute (BEI), Prof. Abdullahi Abdu Zuru, gave the warning on Monday in Abuja at the Validation of Election Security Training Resources.
“We all appreciate the fact that Election Security is vital to democratic consolidation through the provision of enabling environment for the conduct of free, fair, credible and inclusive elections and thus strengthening the electoral process.
“Moreover, if the insecurity is not monitored and dealt with decisively, it could ultimately culminate in the cancellation and/or postponement of elections in sufficient constituencies to hinder the declaration of elections results and precipitate a constitutional crisis. This must not be allowed to happen and shall not be allowed to happen.
“Therefore, security personnel in particular and all election officials, in general, must be security conscious and alert to unusual activities in their environment and must be fully equipped to deal with any challenge at all times,” Yakubu said.
Atiku campaign dismisses fraud allegations
The Campaign Council for the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has dismissed allegations of fraud made against him by his former aide, Michael Achimugu.
Achimugu, who was appointed the media director for Atiku Support Organisation on September 5, 2021, and was also appointed as a member of his Presidential Election Technical Committee on September 1, 2021, had on Sunday, January 8, published a video on his YouTube channel of audio purported to be a phone conversation between him and Atiku, where the PDP candidate admitted to opening companies known as Special Purpose Vehicles (SPV) during his time as VP.
However, a campaign spokesperson for the former VP, Dino Melaye, dismissed Achimugu’s allegations and accused him of working in cahoots with Bourdillion, which is where the presidential candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu resides.
“What sort of media aide is he? Where is his appointment letter? Let him tell us one publication he made on behalf of Atiku Abubakar. I don’t talk to these small ‘419 yahoo’ boys. He is only looking for attention after collecting money from Bourdillon. He should get out so we can focus on more serious matters,” Melaye said.
Source: Sun News