No Vote, No Contract Comment: Atiku Comes Under Fire

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Opposition political parties in Nigeria have criticized the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, for his recent comments on vote-for-appointments.

At a town hall meeting with stakeholders of the PDP in Ogun State, Atiku stated that members who wish to receive appointments and contracts in his administration must ensure that the party wins in their polling units.

"You are all members of the PDP and supporters of the PDP. You want the PDP to return to power; please, I beg of you, make sure you win your polling booths.

Atiku Abubakar
Atiku Abubakar

The fact that you are following the governorship candidate, the senatorial candidate, the House of Representatives candidate, or the presidential candidate to the campaign is not a qualification that you will get an appointment," he said.

Reacting to Atiku's comments, the Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council spokesperson, Festus Keyamo (SAN), said, "A leopard cannot change its skin. He is already promising contracts to political allies, forgetting that there is a law called the Public Procurement Act."

Similarly, the SDP spokesperson, Rufus Ayenigba, said, "I will leave the decision to the electorate to determine what is best for them. All the leading candidates have relatable histories; there is nothing about Atiku and Tinubu that Nigerians don’t know. For us to move forward, everything is pointing in the direction of a new lease on life. The imperative of a fresh breath to sanitize the system cannot be overemphasized."

Meanwhile, the Transition Monitoring Group Director, Auwal Rafsanjani, stated, "There are legal frameworks guiding the appointment and issuance of contracts in Nigeria. Appointments in the civil service are made based on the federal character; for example, every state must have at least one minister, and the same is true of ambassadors.

If he is referring to the appointment of aides, it is up to him to ensure that he moves the country forward without being accused of lopsidedness. It is in the best interest of the candidates to ensure that whatever they do is in line with the law."

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