Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar yesterday mocked the Presidency over its claims that President Muhammadu Buhari walked 800-metre as evidence of his fitness to run in 2019.
Atiku who is a presidential aspirant under the platform of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said he would work to create jobs for Nigerians and not build “illusion”.
The former vice-president was apparently responding to a claim by the Presidency that Mr Buhari walked 800-metre from Eid praying ground in Daura on Tuesday.
Reacting in a message posted on his verified Facebook page yesterday, Abubakar lampooned the presidency, saying the claim was “pedestrian”.
Atiku in his Facebook timeline said: “I regularly jog more than a mile and exercise, but it will be pedestrian of me to ask Nigerians to vote for me because of that.
“I want my party – the PDP, and Nigerians, to vote for me because I WORK not because I WALK. I will work to create jobs. I won’t walk to create an illusion.”
LEADERSHIP reports that President Buhari shunned protocol and opted to trek some 800 metres, acknowledging cheers from Nigerians who lined up on his home route to catch a glimpse of him.
Also, the Presidential spokesperson, Garba Shehu, had said that Buhari demonstrated his fitness to run for a second term by covering that distance on foot.
He said, “President has done one thing today – that the issue is not how old one is but how fit he is; how healthy he is. Now that the president has proven his fitness and well-being, to continue in office is a settled matter.”
Abubakar recently returned to the PDP to pursue his presidential ambition, but Mr Shehu has stayed on with President Buhari.
Mr Abubakar served as Nigeria’s vice president between 1999 and 2007, when Olusegun Obasanjo was president.
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