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General News of Thursday, 12 January 2023


Tension in APC, PDP as Tinubu, Atiku camps clash over candidates’ health status

Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar Bola Tinubu and Atiku Abubakar

The war of words between the camps of presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress(APC), Bola Tinubu, and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s counterpart, Atiku Abubakar, appears far from over as the latter has declared the former Lagos state governor, unfit for the office of the president.

The APC Presidential Campaign Council, through its media director, Bayo Onanuga, had first urged Atiku to clear the air on his alleged ill health while also calling on him to quit the presidential race over alleged corrupt practices while in office as Vice President.

Atiku camp reacts

In its reaction, the Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation in a statement signed by its spokesman, Kola Ologbodiyan, took a swipe at Tinubu over what it called “his failed attempt to impute illness on the healthy and energetic presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar.”

According to The Punch, the campaign organization also said Tinubu’s camp failed “to impugn the impeccable character and integrity of the incoming peoples’ President, Atiku.”

The statement read in part, “It is imperative to observe that our campaign had focused on issues and refrained from Tinubu’s appalling health issues prior to this ignoble public dance of the Tinubu/Shettima Campaign.

“In any case, Nigerians are aware that Tinubu is not ethically, physically and mentally fit to hold office as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, unlike the decent, honest, physically, mentally and emotionally fit Atiku Abubakar, who exhibits the manifest readiness, intellectual alertness, capacity and experience to lead our nation at this critical time.

“Those pushing emi lokan’s candidature cannot claim to be unaware that he is not fit to preside over a country of 200 million people.”