National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Co-Chairman of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has come down hard on former Vice President and presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Ababakar.
In a statement titled: “We Accept President Buhari’s Assignment” while accepting the responsibility to lead President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign for the February 16 presidential election, Tinubu said Atiku has no vision for Nigeria.
President Buhari had at the inauguration of the APC campaign council on Monday, saddled Tinubu with the responsibility of leading his campaign for the presidential poll even when he is the chairman of the council.
Describing the forthcoming election as a contest between two different visions for the country, Tinubu insisted that there was no basis to compare the personality of President Muhammadu Buhari who is the presidential candidate of the APC to that of Atiku.
“The character of the two candidates cannot be more distinct. President Buhari is a straight and honest man. Leave a naira on the table with Buhari in the room, you will find the naira on the table when you return.
“When Buhari says yes or no, you know where he stands. He means what he says, no more, no less. With Atiku, things are more nuanced. When Atiku speaks, he may mean yes, no, maybe, I don’t know. Come back tomorrow, all the above or none of the above.
“His compass has four needles pointing in different directions at the same time. He knows of no direction to take. President Buhari’s word is his bond. When Atiku speaks, it is to give you the slip.
“We cannot afford a president whose ways and mind is a maze of contradicting urges and colliding desires. This shows he has no vision for the nation and no guiding principles, except the naked pursuit of power for the naked use of that power.
“Atiku had his chance to shine as VP when he controlled the privatization programme of the Obasanjo government. He abused this assignment. He helped squander billions of dollars on power generation that did nothing but extend our national darkness.
“That government had so much money at its disposal and that is exactly what it did. It disposed of the money, yet failed to treat the poor or build for the future. Atiku laid waste to the national treasury for eight long years.
“That is enough for one lifetime. We should not reward him by giving him another eight years because the more he feeds, the stronger his hunger grows. His is a thirst that can’t be quenched and a hand that cannot be restrained from taking whatever is on the table.
“As the PDP candidate, he is now the leader of an avaricious horde that seeks to reattach its mandible once again to the public wealth and forever lay siege to our nation’s future. Nigerians would do well not to pay them any attention,” Tinubu said.
While urging members of the APC Presidential Campaign Council to work diligently towards re-electing Buhari, Tinubu said the task ahead was to ensure that the PDP was not returned to power to rule the country like overlords.