Tinubu praises Atiku Abubakar and accuses him of thematic campaigns | The Guardian Nigeria News
All Progressives Congress (APC) lead presidential candidate Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu has instructed opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar to base his campaigns on issues.
Former Vice President Abubakar emerged as the PDP’s presidential candidate on Saturday.
Tinubu gave the charge on issue-based campaigning in a statement released in Abuja on Sunday congratulating Abubakar on his victory in the PDP primary elections.
The statement was signed by Mr. Bayo Onanuga, Media and Communications Director of Tinubu Campaign Organisation.
Tinubu, also the national leader of the APC, praised Abubakar for his patriotism and commitment to Nigeria’s progress, but warned that Nigerians would ask him relevant questions during campaigns.
He said Abubakar must be ready to tell Nigerians how he plans to reverse his party’s ruination of Nigeria’s prospects during his 16 years of governance between 1999 and 2015.
Tinubu said he expected Abubakar, who was also the PDP’s presidential candidate in 2019, to be his worthy opponent, “by the grace of God and the support of APC delegates in the next presidential election of 2023”.
He said the PDP and its candidate would sadly be tasked with explaining why Nigerians should give him another chance, after being in government at the center for 16 years with little to show for it.
According to Tinubu, Nigerians have not yet forgotten the national ruin and mismanagement of the country for 16 years by successive DPP administrations.
The two-term Governor of Lagos State stressed that this bad memory would eat away at the campaign of the PDP candidate.
“Nevertheless, I once again congratulate our former vice president on his victory in his party’s primary elections,” Tinubu said.
He added that Abubakar’s win came as no surprise to Nigerians due to his vast experience as a statesman and veteran of many presidential competitions since 1993.
He welcomed the PDP candidate to the race, emphasizing that the 2023 election campaigns should focus on issues that would improve the quality of life of Nigerians.
He added that the election should also bring peace, progress and political stability and resolve a myriad of socio-political challenges and insecurities currently facing the country.
“I salute the victory of Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as the PDP candidate in the primary elections which have just ended. I look forward to measuring myself against him as a worthy opponent in the next election.
“I knew the former vice-president as a formidable politician and a patriot who believes in the unity and progress of our dear country.
“As we move forward in the election season, I charge the PDP presidential candidate and all political actors from all parties that we should make this election season one free of bitterness, grudges and strife.
“We need to make our campaigns peaceful and problem-oriented; the election season should be a festival of ideas that will uplift our country and improve the lives of all our people,” Tinubu stressed.
He also commended the other PDP competitors for the orderly and peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves and for their determination and commitment to rally around Abubakar in true democratic sportsmanship.
Abubakar garnered 371 votes to become the PDP’s presidential candidate in the party’s primary elections.
He defeated Rivers Governor Nyesom Wike, who won 237 votes; Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom who garnered 38 votes and Governor Bala Mohammed of Bauchi State who garnered 20 votes.
Two former Senate presidents, Bukola Saraki, who won 70 votes, and Anyim Pius Anyim, who won 14 votes, were among those who lost to Abubakar in the primary elections.