*Says Tinubu Wants To Ride On Treachery To Villa
Special Assistant to the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar on Public Communication, Phrank Shaibu, has revealed why the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ahmed Bola Tinubu is denying meeting with the five aggrieved governors on the platform of PDP, known as G-5.
He said that some of the APC candidates from some of the states are angry with the development.
Shaibu, in a statement, said that the reactions trailing his ignoble meeting with the G-5 Governors, made Tinubu tell a barefaced lie by denying ever meeting the governors in London.
He disclosed Governor Nyesom Wike, who is known for his bravado, had failed to deny ever meeting with Tinubu, saying instead that ‘they said we had a meeting with so and so. What is your problem? I make bold to state that if the G-5 never met with Tinubu, Wike would have been the one to deny it.’
“Curiously, while the news of the meeting, which was reported by several credible media houses was trending, two spokesmen for the APC Presidential campaign, Festus Keyamo, and Femi Fani-Kayode took to social media to celebrate the support Tinubu would be getting from the G-5.
“On Facebook, Fani-Kayode specifically stated, ‘the endorsement and declaration of support that Bola Ahmed Tinubu will get from at least six (not just five) governors from the PDP this January will finally put to rest the delusion that Atiku will stubbornly harbor about winning the 2023 Presidential election.’
“It is funny that it took three whole days after reports of the meeting before Tinubu decided it was time to put out a statement denying it ever held. It is also awfully coincidental that the G-5 and Tinubu all decided to travel to London at the same time and depart at the same time with Tinubu proceeding to Saudi Arabia and the other governors returning to Nigeria.
“Incidentally, Tinubu had also in August denied plans of meeting the G-5 only for Wike to later issue a statement confirming that they indeed met with Tinubu and other candidates separately. Tinubu’s latest denial should therefore be discarded as another lie.”
Explaining why Tinubu is denying meeting with the G-5, the Atiku spokesman said, “for Nigerians who wonder why Tinubu would deny such a meeting ever held, the reason is that the details of the meeting are too messy and the APC candidates in the five states are fighting back.
“All the G-5 governors are on the ballot except for Governor Wike and there is a fight back from the APC governorship and National Assembly candidates from the affected states where the G-5 Governors hold sway.
“In Oyo, Senator Teslim Folarin is reportedly angry at a proposed treacherous deal to trade off his mandate as the APC governorship candidate. The situation is not different in Abia, Enugu, Benue, and of course Rivers state.
“This larcenous move exposes the nature of the man who wants to be the next President of Nigeria. Tinubu, a man who is yet to explain to Nigerians his ignoble role in the infamous heroine trafficking case which led to his forfeiture of $460,000, is a treacherous man who is more of a dealer than a leader. He will trade off all his loyalists for power.
“This desperation was brought to the fore in 2011 when Tinubu removed the rug from under Nuhu Ribadu of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and made a deal with the Federal Government to ensure that President Goodluck Jonathan wins.
“All these machinations will fail Tinubu because Nigerians have decided that their future will not be put in the hands of a man who is willing to trade their destinies for a mere porridge or agbada.
“The truth is that no amount of horse-trading can make Nigerians forget the torture they have been subjected to in the last nearly eight years of the APC.”
Shaibu also noted that Nigerians are far worse off than they were in 2015, adding, “the faces of frustrated motorists queuing to buy petrol during the Yuletide are a graphic reflection of life under the APC where road travel to any part of the country has become a journey through the valley of the shadow of death.
“Seemingly, this Yuletide saw Nigerians starving as the price of foodstuff has hit the roof with inflation at a staggering figure.”