All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) spokesman Festus Keyamo has derided the former vice president as an ethnic jingoist unworthy of northerners’ support.
This came amid the litany of tirades exchanged by the two main political parties ahead of the February elections.
Keyamo, who claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the 2019 presidential election was linked to his honesty and outspokenness, described Atiku’s legacies as fraudulent.
In a series of tweets on Monday, the Minister of State for Labor and Employment insisted that the former vice president was known for engaging in religious and ethnic politics.
Keyamo wrote: “The problem with Atiku is that he thinks Buhari just woke up to get 12 million votes in the kitty of a section of the country because of his ethnicity. No. Buhari built a legacy of honesty and candor over the years. Atiku’s legacies are DIRECT OPPOSITE to these.
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“In the last days before the vote, Atiku plans to unleash all kinds of religious and tribal sentiments to influence voters in the North. Unfortunately for him, he has been written off by the North as an unreliable and dishonest person who does not deserve their massive support.”
Muhammadu Buhari was declared the winner in the 2019 presidential election with 56 percent of the vote.
Buhari, who first came to power in 2015 after defeating then-incumbent Goodluck Jonathan, crushed his main rival Atiku Abubakar by a margin of almost four million votes, according to results announced by the Independent Electoral Commission (INEC).
By Ambali Abdulkabeer
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