Interestingly, both APC and PDP dismissed the report as a hatchet job with their spokesmen accusing each other as its sponsor.
The Director of Communication of Muhammadu Buhari Campaign Organisation, Mr. Festus Keyamo, SAN, said in as much as the report hinged its conclusion on perceived ill-health of Buhari; it would lack merit if it failed to attach a report of the president’s state of health duly authenticated by an appropriate medical board.
“If they did not get a report from a doctor, it destroys the credibility of their report,” he told Akelicious last night.
He pointedly accused the PDP of being behind the report, “We are aware that the PDP, as an organisation, has paid all kinds of funny and phony groups in the US to be publishing all manners of discredited reports, trying to paint the president and the ruling party in bad light.
“We have investigated and found this to be true and Nigerians would be shocked when we bring out the details about the relationship between the leadership of the PDP and these compromised groups in the US.”
According to the APC campaign spokesman, “The theory the PDP is working on is the old but abandoned mentality of Nigerians that once any report has a badge of the US or UK group, Nigerians would think that God Almighty has spoken.
“But Nigerians are now wiser.”
He said the latest report was nothing but one of the failed Dubai strategy of the PDP.
“If that group does not publish an authenticated medical report along with their report, they should hide their head in shame,” Keyamo said.
In his response, the Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, was equally ruthless in his put down of the report, thrashing it as one of the antics of the APC to discredit Atiku.
He waved aside the claim that his presidential candidate would be self-serving, saying, “Atiku has come to work in the interest of all Nigerians, not a few.”
He added, “His focus is to make life better for the ordinary Nigerians through the creation of jobs and massive overhaul of the economy.”
Ologbondiyan said the PDP campaign would not be distracted by the campaign of calumny by the APC against Atiku.
“Nigerians have seen that more than three years of Buhari did not fight corruption; did not secure Nigeria; and did not revive the economy.
“Rather, if anything, it has made life worse for the average Nigerian, who has been ravaged by excruciating hunger,” the PDP presidential campaign mouthpiece told Akelicious last night.