The All Progressives Congress, APC, national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Tuesday said that President Muhammadu Buhari’s trustworthiness is what distinguishes him as the candidate to beat in the 2019 presidential election.
Tinubu argued that the character of the two front runners presidential election — President Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar — could not be more distinct.
He urged the electorate not to give the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, a chance to return to power, stressing that electing the opposition party’s presidential candidate, Atiku would be detrimental to the future of the country.
According to him, “President Buhari is a straight and honest man. Leave a Naira on the table with Buhari in the room. You will find the Naira on the table when you return.
“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. This shows he has no vision for the nation except the naked pursuit of power for the naked use of that power,” Tinubu said.
The former Lagos governor, in a statement by his Media Officer, Mr. Tunde Rahman, assured Buhari that the party’s campaign council has accepted the assignment given to it by the President and would work for the country.
Tinubu, also the Co-Chair of the party’s Presidential Campaign Council, said that letting Buhari down would also let down the country. He said he had, therefore, rallied members of the campaign council, with the Minister of Transport, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, as Director-General for the task ahead.
He stated that Atiku had his chance to shine as Vice-President when he controlled the privatisation programme of the Obasanjo government, adding that Atiku abused this assignment and helped squander billions of dollars on power generation that did nothing but extended the nation’s darkness.
The APC national leader 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 promised that members of the APC presidential campaign council would work diligently to re-elect President Buhari.
“We do this, not for personal accolades. We do this, not merely to re-elect a party member. We do this because it is the best thing for Nigeria.
“The campaign has begun!” he said.
Newsworth recalls that Buhari had while inaugurating the APC presidential campaign council at the Abuja International Conference Centre on Monday, said Tinubu will be “fully in charge” of his reelection campaign.