The National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, and National Chairman of the party Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, yesterday took swipes at former president, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo over his allegation that President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC, planning to rig the forthcoming general elections in favour of APC.
Addressing a mammoth crowd at a presidential campaign rally of his party in yesterday in Maiduguri, Borno State, Tinubu described Obasanjo as part of a crop of expired politicians who should confine himself to his farming business in his hometown of Ota in Ogun State. He noted that former president disappointed the Yoruba people by refusing to recognise June 12 as Democracy Day, despite pressures to do so. Asiwaju Tinubu further emphasised that President Buhari’s recognition of June 12 as Democracy Day, confirms his superior democratic credentials compared to Obasanjo.
The APC National Leader who co-chairs his party’s Presidential Campaign Council with President Buhari accused Obasanjo of championing impunity and rigging in Nigeria’s electoral process and therefore incompetent to criticise Buhari in that regard.
His words: “You can hear the other expired leaders like Obasanjo ranting and lying; don’t believe him, don’t trust him, he is expired.
“We are sweeping all the cobwebs, dirt and corruption away to give Nigerians a new lease of life and hope; that is what Muhammadu Buhari is doing and we are with him one hundred per cent.
“I think Ota should be enough retirement place to keep him quiet. Who can recall the year 2003 election? Who among Nigerians would not recall Obasanjo’s rigging excesses of 2007?
“I won’t spend my precious time doing that today, I will do that in the future, Buhari has been upright, firm, steady and focused with a great vision for the betterment of our country.
“No other President has upheld democratic principles as Muhammadu Buhari. We the Yorubas cannot forget in a hurry Obasanjo’s shenanigan, what he did in 1999 we gave it to him but he cannot remember for once and actualize MKOs mandate for June 12.
“He ruled in 1999, 2003, 2007. We asked him for the recognition and actualization of that mandate, he failed. Who declared June 12 as Democracy Day? Muhammadu Buhari! Who then is a better democrat?” Tinubu asked rhetorically.
Speaking at the rally, Oshiomhole noted that during the Obasanjo Presidency, people were making subsidy claims for subsidised imported products when they had done little or no job. According to him, under PDP, Borno State suffered unprecedented pains in the hands of terrorists even though funds were appropriated to fight the menace.
“For too long the challenge of our country is that there is no relationship between effort and reward, those who make more money are those who do no work, all you needed to be a wealthy man is to know somebody in NNPC and you have your fake subsidy claims.”