After days of strategizing in Dubai, the Presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar seems to be back in full force.
Atiku is no longer taking his 2019 campaign with kid gloves as he stormed the venue of the Igbo elders, religious and traditional rulers just as they were about rounding up.
He came with a message “Whether I am president or not, Buhari must go in 2019. Our economy must be fixed!”
He arrived in a large entourage that was led by the national chairman of the party, Uche Secondus.
In the entourage were the senate president, Bukola Saraki, Babangida Aliyu, Gbenga Daniel, Dino Melaye and other party chieftains.
Atiku told the full house of Igbo leaders that he and Peter Obi would correct all the anomalies visited on Nigeria by the Buhari administration.
He pointed at the security apparatus in the country and decried the situation where all the security chiefs were from one part of the country.
“It aches my heart when I receive texts listing the lopsided appointments of security chiefs. The appointments do not reflect federalism. This is not federalism,” he said.
He promised to bring back to life the coal industry, regretting that coal which use to power the whole of Eastern Nigeria before the war was abandoned.
He promised to give all it takes to make Nigeria a united and progressive country.
“A combination of Peter Obi and I, you can trust will fix the economy.”
Already, the Atiku Abubakar Presidential Campaign Organisation has offered the spokesman of the Muhammadu Buhari campaign team a free two-week crash course on how to run an “issue-based campaign that is guided by civility and refined language”.
A statement issued by Atiku’s team on Wednesday said the offer was in the light of conflicting statements by the President’s campaign office.
“Just last week, our attention was drawn to a statement by the All Progressives Congress falsely accusing the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party of attempting to smuggle in large sums of money into the nation for the purpose of funding his campaign,” read the statement.
“In the said statement from November 5, 2018, the APC called for security agents to be on the watch to prevent the imaginary ‘illicit cash’ from entering Nigeria. Thus, we are surprised that the same APC which made that false allegation has made a 180-degree turn by releasing a new statement contradicting their earlier statement and alleging that the former Vice President is broke.
“In their statement, they contend that ‘Atiku Abubakar is at a crossroads on how to source funds for the 2019 electioneering campaign’. Our response is to urge the APC to make up its mind on which lie it wants to tell the Nigerian people and then stick to that lie. As a party in power, there ought to be more stability in the APC at least to give the public and the international community some assurance that the party is not imploding. No wonder there is a lot of policy flip-flop under the APC administration!