Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), says unlike President Muhammadu Buhari, the integrity of Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), is questionable.
The former Lagos governor said Buhari is a man of his word while Atiku sways back and forth on issues.
Tinubu made the remark in a statement released by Tunde Rahman, his media officer, on Tuesday.
The statement read: “They seek to reverse the democratic maxim that government is the servant of the people. The PDP wants a situation where those in government are the masters while the people bow their heads to the interests of the mighty and the rich.
“Leave a naira on the table with Buhari in the room, you will find the naira on the table when you return,” he said.
“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’, ‘ don’t know’, ‘all of 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 laid waste the national treasury for eight long years. That is enough for one’s 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 a avaricious horde that seeks to reattach its mandible once again to the public wealth and forever lay siege to our nation’s future. Nigerians will do well not to pay them any attention.”
Tinubu asured President Buhari that the party’s campaign council had accepted the assignment given to it and will not let him down.
On Monday, Buhari had said Tinubu will be “fully in charge” of his reelection campaign.
In response, the APC leader said members of the presidential campaign will work diligently to reelect Buhari.
“I think I can speak for all members of the campaign council that we accept the assignments given by the President with devotion and a firm commitment to perform to our utmost, individually and collectively on the tasks given,” he said.
“It is a great honor and responsibility he has given us. We dare not let him down because doing so would also let down the nation.
“This election concerns more than two competing personalities and political parties. It is a contest between two different visions for the country and the futures these visions portend.
“The APC seeks a better Nigeria by reforming our institutions of governance that these institutions may better implement policies engendering dynamic economy development.”
Tinubu asked the electorate not to give the PDP a chance to return to power, noting that electing Atiku would be detrimental to the future of the nation.