The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) has said that President Muhammadu Buhari is no match to Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate, in character, integrity, competence and public acceptance.
Backstory: The PPCO noted that the APC has unwittingly sunk President Buhari’s campaign by opening a flank that ultimately exposes him to public disrepute.
The PDP added that it is ready and will not hesitate to take on the APC on issues of personal character and integrity, which, the party claims, President Buhari is lacking.
The statement read in part, “It is on record that nothing incriminatory has ever been found on Atiku Abubakar, despite being the most investigated politician in our country, particularly by the Buhari Presidency”
It added that “…between President Buhari and Atiku Abubakar, Nigerians know the leader, who is bugged by integrity issues and under whose watch our Presidency became “fantastically corrupt”, with issues of certificate forgery and allegations of sundry frauds in which family members and close relatives are being mentioned.”
The statement continued with a retinue of President Buhari’s supposed failures as president, particularly highlighting issues related with the petroleum sector, National Health Insurance Fund, and the economy.
“Nigerians are aware of the leader under whose direct watch, over N11 trillion has been stolen from our petroleum sector and billions of naira frittered away from our National Health Insurance Fund (NHIS) and other revenue agencies in the last three and half years.”
The PDP concluded stating that “Since the APC has raised the issue of character, it should be ready to face the debate when the heat is on.”
Bottom Line: This is a PDP attempt to frontally tackle one of the issues on which its candidate is perceived to be weakest – Integrity. The effect of this strategy would become clearer in the coming days, but the fact remains that Atiku’s corruption baggage as evidenced by the report of a special US committee, as well as years of pointed attacks by his former boss, Olusegun Obasanjo would be hard to shrug off. The PDP is however right that Pres. Buhari has not necessarily covered himself in glory with the way his administration has conducted itself on the issue of integrity and corruption.