The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has described President Muhammadu Buhari as a failed steward who has consistently distorted and twisted facts and events to the detriment of his office as the president of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Backstory: President Buhari delivered a nationwide broadcast on Thursday night which he used as a last-ditch campaign attempt, a move that many have interpreted to be devoid of fair play. Buhari used his position as president to get free nationwide airtime for a partisan speech to the detriment of other candidates.
PDP response: “We see President Muhammadu Buhari’s attack on the opposition in his nationwide broadcast on Thursday night as part of the many gaffes which have come to define last days of the Buhari Presidency, rather than an address to be taken seriously by Nigerians,” Atiku said in a statement signed by his Special Assistant on Publication, Phrank Shaibu.
Atiku said Buhari ought to have shown deep introspection in his public comments because he is not just presiding over any country, but one with the largest black nation on earth, which bestows a lot of responsibility on him.
“If the President is not telling Nigerians that he was sworn in as president in 2005, he is mistaking Ondo Central Senatorial District for Edo Central Senatorial District or surrendering his ticket to Mr. Great Ogboru whom he mistakenly referred to as the Presidential Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) while on campaign tour of the state. These gaffes and the latest negative comments against opposition elements in his nationwide broadcast are not the attributes of a leader who should be re-elected for another term of office,” the statement said.
“Even when he is voted out of office come Saturday, February 16, 2019, President Muhammadu Buhari must learn to rise above certain issues and do things that will enhance the respect the citizenry have for the office of the President, rather than rushing to exhibit soap-box mentality when the occasion does not call for it.”
He added, “As for which party will better serve the people, we leave that judgment to Nigerians who will decide on 16th February, instead of a highly-partisan and easily excitable President Buhari.”