Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has challenged his counterpart in the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to an hour long Television interview ahead of the 2023 election.
Atiku disclosed this in a statement which his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe issued on his behalf while reacting to the allegation of Tinubu Campaign Organisation that he was not prepared to lead the country because of some of the issues discussed during his last Television interview.
KOKO had earlier reported that Tinubu’s campaign had described Atiku as a “pathological” liar who asked the former Lagos State governor to be his running mate in 2007 but he refused.
Reactiing to Tinubu’s statement, Ibe said, “‘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.”
Ibe added that the former vice president was “amused to read the knee jerk response from the Tinubu Campaign Organisation to the wave making interview granted by Atiku Abubakar”
Ibe said 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 custom 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.”
“Atiku Abubakar has earned Masters 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?”
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