The All Progressives Congress Presidential Campaign Council (APCPCC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of trying in vain to defend its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, by embarking on a puerile diversionary journey of drumming up an allegation, it described as stale, against one of his rival, Bola Tinubu, rather than address the allegations of criminal money-laundering and reckless abuse of public trust levelled against him, by one of his closest aides.
According to a statement issued by APC Presidential Campaign Council Media and Publicity Director Bayo Onanuga in Abuja on Wednesday, 18 January 2023, the issues the Nigerian people want the PDP and its candidate to address are simple.
“They are: Was the whistleblower, Michael Achimugu, who swore to an oath, employed by Atiku?
“Did Atiku make a scandalous confession in a telephone conversation on how he and his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo set up SPVs, such as Marine Float, to steal public money?
“Was the taped voice not Atiku’s?”
The APCPCC stated that it is obvious that the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, has no defence to these allegations, which he admitted in his viral confession.
“This was the reason we boldly made the call on him to beat the path of honour, for once, by withdrawing from the presidential race. We also urged the authorities to hold him to account.
“But the hangers-on and dependants who saw his withdrawal as an end to the campaign bazaar in desperation resorted to painting the kettle black to look like their pot.”
The Tinubu campaign described what it called the resort to counter-mudslinging as not only an admission of criminal guilt, but also an irresponsible way to cover-up the concrete evidence of conspiracy and corruption.
The campaign questioned how the PDP can manage to pretend that Atiku Abubakar is innocent of the allegations when even President Olusegun Obasanjo, who he collaborated with and deputized for as Vice President between 1999 and 2007, had documented his legendary corruption in a book and had sworn never to support his presidential ambition to avoid the wrath of God.
The APCPCC observed that the cocktail of lies and tales by the PDP against APC presidential candidate did not disclose any witness to their dredged allegations and declared that the allegations cited, which it considers regurgitated, have either been thrown away by the court or the deponent, like in the case of Alpha Beta, which had withdrawn the untried and untested allegations.
The Tinubu campaign further noted that the former MD of Alpha Beta had even gone ahead in recent advertorials to endorse the APC presidential candidate as the best man for the job.
“On the contrary, a patriotic citizen, against all existential dangers, has stepped forward to confront Atiku Abubakar with allegations deposed in an affidavit.
“If the PDP has any modicum of respect for Nigerians, if it has any concern for the Nigerian youths and a future without corruption, it should come clean on these allegations and stop dancing around the real issues,” the APCPCC added.