From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, yesterday, described former Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and the APC Northern Christian Leaders as impostors, having left the ruling party few weeks ago.
Tinubu claimed that Dogara, particularly, has apparently lost his mind since failing to actualise his self-imposed ambition to be on the APC presidential ticket.
He took the swipe in a statement by Bayo Onanuga, director, media and publicity, Tinubu-Shettima Presidential Campaign Council in Abuja, yesterday.
“On account of of not realising his presidential ambition, he has certainly become a reprobate and demagogue, delivering hate speeches and whipping up emotions, with the aim of setting our country ablaze. The Tinubu-Shettima PCC is therefore not surprised by media reports about a meeting of some so-called northern Christian leaders, who claimed to be members of our APC that was championed by Dogara and his ilks. The claim was totally fraudulent,” Tinubu fumed.
Reacting further to the meeting held in Asaba, Delta State, Tinubu, argued that Dogara lacked the power to organise such a meeting having left the party unceremoniously few weeks ago.
“A careful reading of the people who attended the unholy meeting he called also showed that they were all PDP members, masquerading as APC members. Among the politicians at the unholy consultative meeting were Mukhar Shagari, Boni Haruna, Abdulfattah Ahmed, Damishi Sango, Senator Idris Ahmed Umar and two former deputy governors of Kogi State, Yomi Awoniyi and Simon Achuba, they are all PDP members working for the presidential ambition of Atiku Abubakar,” Tinubu alleged.
He added: “We were not surprised by the resolutions adopted. Our surprise was that the media failed to read through their smokescreen. The APC PCC wondered how the assembly of strange bedfellows hope to foster unity and cohesion in our country, when their candidate represents the antithesis of the goal, having emerged the greatest divider of our polity, between the north and south.
“All Nigerians are aware that Atiku’s emergence as the PDP presidential candidate grossly violated a power rotation code between the north and the south. His insistence on snatching and retaining what rightly belongs to another political region has triggered a crisis within his party, making him run from Port Harcourt to London to mend fences..”