President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina says stiff judgement awaits former Vice President and presidential candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 general elections.
Adesina stated this on Thursday while reacting to comments credited to the Atiku Media Office that President Muhammadu Buhari could not be trusted to implement the new minimum wage of ₦30, 000 as recommended by the tripartite committee
Adesina accused some political actors, including Atiku and his media office of trying to score cheap political goals as they had nothing to sell to Nigerians other than to engage themselves in smear campaigns against the president.
His words: “Those who have latched onto the concocted controversy to play cheap politics, we appeal to them to remember that elections are not won through loquaciousness, and trying to demean the President at every drop of a hat.
“But then, it is not surprising as they have nothing else to sell to Nigerians if they don’t ride on the name of the President. Stiff judgment awaits them at the polls.”
The presidential aide frowned at reports alleging that Buhari had reneged on an earlier acceptance of the ₦30,000 as the new National Minimum Wage recommended by the National Minimum Wage Tripartite Committee in the report it submitted to him.
While noting that such reports were contrary to what transpired on Tuesday when the committee presented its report to the President, Adesina said Buhari made it clear that he would transmit an Executive Bill to the National Assembly for passage within the shortest possible time.
“Throughout the report-submission ceremony, the President never mentioned any figure.
“What he committed himself to was a new minimum wage and only after the report of the committee has been reviewed by the executive and legislative processes of government and an appropriate bill presented to him for assent,” he added.