Atiku blows hot on Tinubu; says 'unlike him, I have certificates'

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The Peoples Democratic Party campaign camp has described as "knee jerk" the Tinubu campaign's reaction to Atiku's interview on Arise TV.

The campaign responds to Tinubu's reaction after Waziri Atiku Abubakar's interview on Arise TV on Thursday, July 21 2022.

The PDP claimed that the All Progressives Congress presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu is afraid of a prolonged interview for "obvious reasons," saying, "Nigerians have seen him talk in public and can themselves gauge the reason why he is mortified to do."

Bola Tinubu
Bola Tinubu

The response was contained in a statement made by the Media Adviser to Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the PDP, Paul Ibe.

Mr Ibe added, "The Tinubu campaign exposed its gross desperation and vacuousness by citing the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) 1999 to declare Waziri Atiku Abubakar's stance on engaging in a side business while he was a young customs officer as a breach of the law. It is pertinent to educate the Tinubu campaign organisation that Nigeria is not under a military regime and our Constitutions are not retroactive in nature.

"Again, the Tinubu campaign betrayed either dishonesty or lack of attention to detail by claiming that Atiku Abubakar said oil contributed 20% of Nigeria's GDP. That is a lie. What the Waziri said is as follows:

"Oil only maybe accounts for about 20% of our GDP.
The use of the word maybe by the Waziri was in reflection of the different figures given. While the Nigerian Bureau of Statistics states a figure close to 10%, other multilateral organisations have given a much higher figure of between 15-20%. So, while the jury is still out, it is right to qualify the contribution of oil and gas as a maybe. However, we do like to point out that Waziri Atiku Abubakar mentioned both the PDP and the APC during the interview and did not forget the name of his own party.

"It seems the Tinubu campaign organisation (can a disorganised body be called an organisation?) does not know the meaning of rotation of power and micro zoning. So, we will gladly educate them. Rotation of power refers to a constitutional provision where power is zoned between North and South. Micro-zoning refers to a non-constitutional idea where power is zoned not between North and South but amongst geo-political zones. We hope this cures the political illiteracy of the authors of that document.

"The rude response also accuses Waziri Atiku Abubakar of having "limited education". Atiku Abubakar has an earned master's degree from Anglia Ruskin University. We challenge any of the present Presidential candidates to present an equal or higher degree. Moreover, his university attendance is a matter of verified record. Can we say the same about some other persons?

"On President Lincoln, we are afraid the poor student of history is the Tinubu campaign disorganisation. Yes, it is true that Lincoln ran for President with his name on the ballot twice. But he ran at other times and failed to get his name on the ballot.

"In conclusion, we would like to challenge Bola Tinubu to subject himself to an hour-long interview, like the Waziri did, and if he is able to be as articulate and mentally present as our candidate, then he can talk. Until then, we will only want to remind him and his yes-men that they are not in a position to point fingers when they have not sat on the hot seat."

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