As campaigns for 2019 elections continue to gear up, a national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have started throwing punches at each other.
Both men on Monday accused each other of a penchant for greed, and being massively corrupt, by acquiring state properties and resources.
While Tinubu described Atiku as a merry-go-round politician for always moving from one political party to the other, the PDP presidential candidate said Tinubu turned Lagos State into a private estate.
Tinubu, who spoke at the launching of the National Forum of the National Committee of Buhari Support Groups, had said Atiku “took the term privatization to its literal extreme, and that “Through plotting contrived sales of national assets to himself, Atiku sought to turn half of Nigeria into his own private property. He sought to run off with the goose that laid the golden egg while simultaneously staying put in order to milk dry the national cow. If given a second chance at the national till, he will consume all he did not take the first go around”.
He further noted, that “The PDP Standard bearer, Atiku Abubakar, has changed parties so many times and collected so many membership cards. He could build a house of the party membership cards he has accumulated. But one thing he should remember is that a man who builds a house of cards ought not to cast stones at a man who is building a house with a firm and true foundation.
“He should also realise that such a feeble house will collapse as soon as the wind of truth blows on it. You, my friends, are that wind of truth.
“Atiku was with the PDP, with us, with another party then back with the PDP. He is a political merry go round and carnival all by himself. Ask him which party he belongs to, he must ask you what “year is it” before he dares answer. Ask him the direction he is going; he will answer “North, South, East, and West at the same time.
“Any man who intends on going everywhere at the same time is a man intent on going nowhere. Atiku has every right to engage in such personal confusion. But he has no ethical right to try to substitute his personal confusion for our national mission.”
Responding, Atiku Campaign Organisation said in a statement, that “Tinubu does not have the moral standing to accuse anyone of ‘selling’ any property to himself, one should think he is lettered enough about financial engineering, that is too pedestrian for someone of his stature.
“He needs to first come clean on some properties of Lagos State which he was alleged to have appropriated to himself like the Lagos Deputy Governor’s lodge; the Lagos State Polytechnic property allegedly converted to private media estate.
“What about several choice properties in Lagos State unaccounted for under his watch? Who turned Lagos State into a private estate? Where has his sudden wealth grown from?
Why are they running away from discussing issues as campaign manifestoes, but descending into such odious low on personal attacks?
“Is it that the government which he midwifed does not have anything to show about improving the living conditions of average Nigerians?
“He is the chief architect of merry-go-round changing names of political parties at every turn in an election year- from AD to AC to ACN and now to APC. Has their presidential candidate run on the same political party at every election over the years? From ANPP to CPC to APC. They lack the moral strength to accuse another of what they are largely guilty of.
“I think he should go above board to discuss what their party has for Nigerians to create jobs and not the continuous loss of jobs, to talk about security and the needless loss of innocent lives of citizens. That is the reasonable high anyone can go in politics and campaign rather than mundane and petty resort to personal attacks. He wants a distraction from real issues, and we are not going to gratify him with that.”
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