By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA – The Atiku Presidential Campaign Organization, APCO, has described the victory prediction for the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 elections by the Economist Magazine as a vindication of its stand that Information Minister, Lai Mohammed, deliberately twisted the narrative with his recent claim that some foreign media were not favourably disposed to Atiku’s candidature.
Former Nigerian vice-President Atiku Abubakar raises his hands after winning the presidential ticket of the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) during the party’s national convention in Port Harcourt, Rivers State on October 7, 2018.
Nigeria’s main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has picked Abubakar to challenge President Muhammadu Buhari who is seeking a second term in presidential polls scheduled for February 2019. / AFP PHOTO /
The international magazine recently predicted victory for Atiku saying his pledge to curtail joblessness and revive the economy gives him an edge over President Buhari with a few months to the elections.
In a statement issued Friday in Abuja, the campaign organization said “As the Economist rightly states, the issues in 2019 are popular frustration over the rise in joblessness and poverty (two of the biggest voter concerns) on Mr. Buhari’s watch, as well as growing insecurity in central Nigeria.
“No other candidate has the capacity to address these challenges, like Atiku under whose watch as Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation, Nigeria had her highest growth in job numbers.
“Atiku, is poised to translate the significant success he has made in his private business empire to the public sector. This anticipation is responsible for the momentum he now enjoys in all the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.”
APCO also noted that “For the past one year, Abubakar has traversed the length and breadth of Nigeria, selling his plans, vision and policies to Nigerians. Unfortunately, rather than do the same, the All Progressive Congress, APC, has focused on negative campaigning by slandering Abubakar’s past.
“We are not surprised by their actions. When a man’s future intimidates people, they focus on lying about his past because they cannot compete in the present. However, we thank The Economist for proving that no matter how far and fast falsehood has traveled, it must eventually be overtaken by truth.
“For now, we remind Nigerians that Atiku means JOBS. And by providing the atmosphere for Jobs, Opportunity, Being United, JOBS, Atiku is ready to “Get Nigeria Working Again.”