The Atiku-Okowa Presidential Campaign Organisation has said there is no hiding place for the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress in the February 25 Presidential election because the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will defeat him any day.
The PDP campaign group added that Nigerians have rejected the pressure from the Tinubu-Shettima campaign for the postponement of the election.
It disclosed this on Monday through a statement by the spokesperson for its campaign, saying, “We hold that the demand for postponement by the Tinubu-Shettima campaign is a ploy to further create confusion and derail the electoral process has become terrified by the looming devastating defeat that awaits APC’s Bola Tinubu at the polls.
The Atiku campaign also reminded the Tinubu campaign of how its chief campaigner, was said to have been humiliated at the last council of state meeting where he reportedly went to allegedly push a failed memo for the postponement of the election for some few weeks.
Recall the PUNCH reported how the APC debunked reports that it is putting pressure on the Independent National Electoral Commission and other relevant agencies to shift the 2023 general elections.
The denial was contained in a statement by the APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, a few days ago, describing the reports that it is “discreetly pushing for a postponement of the polls as false and reckless.”
The campaign further remarked that “it has also been reliably informed that this APC governor is demanding the postponement because the APC candidate, Tinubu, cannot by any measure win the election, given his overwhelming rejection by Nigerians.
The campaign pointed out that it is imperative to note that having been stunned by the rejection at the meeting, the Tinubu campaign had resorted to alleged incitement of violence, making wild, unfounded and reckless accusations, posting incendiary remarks, attacking prominent Nigerians, blackmailing and seeking to compromise Nigeria’s democratic institutions to heat the polity and make it appear unsuitable for elections to hold on February 25, 2023.
The PDP campaign advised the Tinubu-Shettima campaign to accept the reality that the train has already left the station and Nigerians have since made up their minds to elect Atiku as the next President while charging Nigerians to remain alert and united as they get ready to come out en masse and vote for the PDP.
In a related development, the PDP campaign on the issue of the new naira accused the APC governors of provoking anarchy in the country by their utterances over the currency.
In a statement by the Special Assistant on Public Communications to the PDP presidential candidate, Mr Phrank Shaibu, the PDP candidate sympathised with Nigerians over the hardship they were facing over the naira scarcity, which was having unintended consequences.
Shaibu said the inciting comments by some APC governors wherein they threatened to shut banks rejecting the old notes had emboldened rioters to burn down commercial banks.
He said Ogun State governor, Dapo Abiodun, who had threatened to revoke the Certificate of Occupancy of banks rejecting the old notes, was acting like a dictator, and this had evoked rebellious actions.
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Atiku’s aide stated, “The President made it clear that the old N1,000 and N500 notes are no longer legal tender. Those who are dissatisfied with the President’s proclamation should go to court rather than resort to self-help. Two wrongs do not make a right.
“Governor Dapo Abiodun, who is the number one citizen of Ogun State, ought to know better.
“However, he has been threatening to revoke the CofO of banks that obey the President’s proclamation. This act of defiance has evoked rebellion, hence the riots and burning of banks in Sagamu, Abeokuta, and Mowe.”
As seen in viral videos, the media aide knocked at the APC branch in Ogun State for distributing old notes to voters ahead of the election.
He observed that “In viral videos all over social media, agents of Governor Abiodun could be seen sharing the old notes in envelopes branded with the governor’s picture, convincing the supporters that the notes remain legal tenders contrary to the Central Bank Nigeria policy.