By Chukwudi Nweje
Former minister of culture and tourism as well as aviation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, yesterday described Atiku as the most destructive force of the fourth republic.
“The notion that Nigeria will break up if our candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and our party, the APC wins the presidential election next year, is as nonsensical and puerile as it is asinine. Atiku is by far the most destructive force that has bedevilled the Fourth Republic. Not only did he attempt to destroy President Olusegun Obasanjo and his administration which he served from 1999 till 2007 but he also destroyed the chances of his party the PDP and President Goodluck Jonathan from winning the presidential election in 2015 by his infamous deceit and betrayal.”
The director of public engagements, special operations/projects and new media of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Organisation was reacting to Governor of Edo State, Godwin Obaseki’s comment that Nigeria would break up if Bola Tinubu wins the 2023 presidential election. He said the Edo State governor was free to support who he wishes but that it was unfair for him to attribute divine or deific status to Atiku or hold him out as a unifier or bridge builder.
He noted that Atiku is neither a bridge-builder nor a unifier but would destroy Nigeria if he ever becomes president the same way he has destroyed the PDP.
“Today in 2022, he (Atiku) has done the same to PDP all over again by dividing the party, violating its constitution with impunity, imposing himself as its presidential candidate, insisting on keeping a divisive, cantankerous and malevolent specimen of a man who calls himself the National Chairman in power and betraying the few righteous and courageous Southern and Northern Governors in his party by implementing what is clearly an ethnic, religious and regional agenda.”
He said the opposition party has continued to go downhill since Atiku returned to its fold in December 2017 after his short stint with the APC following his loss in the 2015 presidential election.
“When he returned to the PDP, it had two testicles but today it only has one left. He devoured the first with his gluttony, hate and greed for power and he left the second intact hoping to devour it later. He will suck out the very soul of our nation with all its goodness and virtues and leave us a shadow of our former selves.
“He is a destroyer and not a unifier: a destroyer that is surrounded by a group of shady businessmen and wild and hungry touts who spend their time throwing crazy parties behind closed doors in exotic locations like Dubai, Paris, and Morocco and who have no idea or knowledge about how to address our nation’s problems or run a modern nation-state. Placing Nigeria in the hands of such a man and such people will surely be our end.”
Fani-Kayode reiterated that Tinubu is the best candidate, and denounced allegations that he is a dictator.
“To those that say that Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a dictator, I say this: if Tinubu is a dictator, then Atiku is a serial political scammer and incredulous schemer who cannot be trusted by anyone and who would sell his soul to the devil for power. We know who the dictators are and Asiwaju is not amongst them.”