Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate for the 2023 election, faced criticism from Temitope Ajayi, a presidential aide, for what Ajayi asserts were two inaccurate statements made during Atiku’s press conference.
Freshreporters News gathered from the conference which held to address President Bola Tinubu’s certificate controversy, saw Atiku condemning the concept of a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket and claiming that Tinubu had betrayed him by their parting of ways in 2007.
However, Temitope Ajayi took to Twitter on the following day to question whether old age might be affecting Atiku’s memory, as he challenged both of Atiku’s claims.
According to Ajayi, the former vice president’s statements did not align with historical events.
Ajayi stated, “I suspect that the effects of old age might be playing tricks on former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.”
The presidential aide specifically contested two assertions made by Atiku during his press conference.
Firstly, Atiku claimed that he had never supported a Muslim-Muslim presidential ticket and that he would always oppose it. Secondly, he asserted that he and President Tinubu had parted ways in 2007.
Ajayi countered, “Both of these claims are not accurate.”
Ajayi proceeded to provide historical examples that contradicted Atiku’s assertions.
He pointed out that in 1992, under the banner of the Social Democratic Party, Atiku actively sought to become the running mate of the late Chief MKO Abiola in the 1993 presidential election, thus supporting a Muslim-Muslim ticket.
However, Atiku lost out to Ambassador Baba Gana Kingibe in this bid.
Furthermore, Ajayi highlighted Atiku’s political journey in 2014 when, after becoming politically isolated in the PDP, he sought refuge in the newly formed All Progressives Congress (APC), which was steered by President Tinubu and other opposition leaders.
During this period, Atiku was in the same political camp as President Tinubu from 2014 to 2017 and actively sought Tinubu’s support in his bid to become President of Nigeria in 2015…[COONTINUE READING HERE]>>
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