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Stop Smear Campaign On Atiku, Focus On Issues, PDP Tells Presidency



The PDP Presidential Campaign Council (PPCC) has asked the Presidency to focus on issues rather than sponsoring smear campaign against former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar.

The director, Media & Publicity, PDP Presidential Campaign, Kola Ologbondiyan, stated this while alleging that the presidency is behind fresh fabrications to tarnish the image of their Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

Ologbondiyan who specifically referred to claims making the rounds that Atiku cannot travel to the United States, said the resort to such attacks against their candidate smacks of the presidency’s fear ahead of the polls.

A statement by Ologbondiyan said, “President Buhari should, by now, be providing answers for the over N11 trillion stolen under his watch, particularly in the petroleum sector where he sits as minister; the alleged diversion of funds meant for the purchase of weapons and welfare of our soldiers to finance his re-election campaign as well as the neglect and insensitivity that led to the escalation of killings and bloodletting in various parts of the country under his rule.

The PPCC spokesman while describing Atiku as a global citizen, however said he is not prepared to make the sky his office, “unlike President Buhari, who unleashed a widely condemned taste for very expensive and wasteful gallivanting with our national fleet, while Nigerians wallow in abject poverty for neglect and abuse of resources.

“In any case, the PDP refuses to lose sight of the fact that our campaign is on the rescue mission and that Nigerians are looking up to our candidate for direction.

“The PDP Campaign therefore counsels President Buhari to note that Nigerians have moved ahead with Atiku Abubakar as their next President. He should therefore use the remaining days of his administration to prepare answers for his misrule.

“On our own part, the PDP will continue to focus on issue-based campaign and run with practical answers to the myriad of challenges facing our nation in line with the manifesto of our repositioned party and the policy direction of our Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.”



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