The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said that the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has been challenging President Bola Tinubu’s academic records because of his “deep animosity against Tinubu”.
The APC in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, Esq., accused Atiku of harbouring deep animosity against Tinubu because he (Atiku) believed the President was responsible for his inability to achieve his ambition to become president in 2007, 2015, 2019 and 2023.
In the statement which was a response to Atiku’s press conference held at Yar’ Adua Centre in Abuja on Thursday after the Chicago State University (CSU) released Tinubu’s academic records as ordered by the US Court, the APC said that Atiku was desperately chasing shadows against Tinubu.
Morka said, “The major takeaway from his Yar’Adua Centre show, especially at question time, was that Atiku harbours deep animosity towards Tinubu whom he believes was responsible for his electoral woes in 2007, 2015, 2019 and this year.
“In desperation, unbecoming of a statesman who once occupied the second highest office in the land, the PDP candidate in the last election has thrown every decency, decorum, dignity and national respectability out the window on his purposeless judicial voyage of discovery to the United States in search of a magic wand for taking power against the will of the Nigerian electorate loudly expressed in last February’s presidential election.
“Alhaji Atiku Abubakar holds the unenviable title of Nigeria’s most prolific election loser and longest running presidential candidate in history, and we see his recent US fishing expedition as the last kick of a roundly rejected presidential aspirant.
“While we sympathise with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar for spending a lifetime pursuing an unrealised dream, we strongly condemn the perfidious road he has taken and the needless negative exposure of Nigeria and the institution of the Presidency in foreign land.”
The APC also accused Atiku of blackmailing President Tinubu, saying, “It should now be clear to all Nigerians that despite Atiku’s lies before the Illinois Court that he wanted to use the discoveries in pursuit of his appeal at the Supreme Court, he has rather chosen to use same as an instrument of mischief and blackmail in clear contempt of the highest court of the land.
“We want to urge former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to graciously accept his defeat and quietly lick his political wound with some dignity. Nigerians rejected him at the polls, and he cannot get by subterfuge what he failed to get through the ballot box.”
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