Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has asked the All Progressives Congress (APC), Presidency and the Buhari Campaign Organisation (BCO) to stop campaign of calumny and stick to issues ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Atiku in a statement by his Media Office on Thursday said ever since he emerged as the 2019 presidential candidate of the PDP, the Presidency, BCO and the APC have taken up the “uncultured habit of hurling insults and casting aspersions” on him.
“We urge the Presidency, the Buhari Campaign Organisation and the All Progressives Congress, to stick to issues. We on our own part are informing Nigerians on how Atiku Abubakar will get Nigeria working again.
“We therefore urge the Buhari camp to allow themselves to be inspired by higher ideals, instead of this pedestrian approach of insults and gutter language.
“It is rather unfortunate that because they have no record of performance, these institutions would rather run an ad hominem campaign. However, we wish to remind them of their past praise and validation of H E Atiku and ask them what has changed between then and now.
“On December 22, 2014, President Muhammadu Buhari declared that HE Atiku Abubakar is ‘an inspiration’ who has done a ‘great service.’ Today, the Presidency is singing a different tune. How can Nigeria be stable economically and politically if the President cannot be counted to stick to his words?
“On December 21, 2014, the APC issued a statement describing HE Atiku as a ‘special gift’ and ‘an asset.’ Today, the same party is hurling invective on the man they once celebrated as an exemplary citizen. Is this two facedness the type of example they want to give to Nigerians?” Atiku queried.