2023: Tinubu disaster waiting to happen, PDP stalwart laments

Special Assistant on Public Communications to the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Phrank Shaibu, on Sunday called on the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to replace its presidential candidate, Ahmed Bola Tinubu so as to avoid further embarrassing scenarios occasioned by his continued miscues and gaffes.

In a statement, he said that it is public knowledge that every time Tinubu has come out in public to make a statement or two, he always goofed. 

He said: “If he is not saying that voter’s card has expiration date; he is saying that young Nigerians are Tweeting on WhatsApp or that 50million youths should be recruited into the Nigerian Army and be fed with Cassava in the morning, and Agbado in the night. 

“In his latest gaffe at the Lagos rally, he asked Nigerians to get their APV in order to vote for APC when even primary school children know that the PVC is the only item that admits a voter into a polling unit.

“Without mincing words, Tinubu’s gaffes already supply comedians, skit makers, meme-makers, and TikTokers with content. He is a self-writing joke and will make Nigeria a bye-word for scorn among the comity of nations, which is why he shouldn’t get close to power”.

Shaibu went further to state that “lack of mental depth complicated by dementia occasioned by old age is the most mis-recommending criterion against a Tinubu presidency”. 

He said that his extempore speeches are incoherent. He said that it is for the purpose of unmasking the real Tinubu and exposing him for who he really is, that we have challenged the APC standard bearer to an hour-long television interview.

Shaibu said the APC’s seven and a half year reign is a sad reminder of Nigeria’s arrested development since 2015 when they came to power.

He said Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu’s claim at the Lagos rally that Tinubu will lift Nigerians out of hardship and hunger was an indictment on the APC, an admission that indeed over 133 million Nigerians now live in abject poverty as reported by the National Bureau of Statistics (NBS).

“Now they are selling a message of a renewed hope. It is common knowledge that darkness cannot cure darkness and sickness cannot cure sickness. How can the APC be promising to fix problems exacerbated by the APC? This is balderdash,” he said.

Shaibu said that the most compelling reason for the APC to be de-registered is the fact that it has driven millions of Nigerians deeper into poverty since 2015, when it has been ruling the country, and spent trillions of naira procuring hunger, darkness and insecurity.

“If the APC are not keen on replacing this disaster of a candidate, they should in the alternative apologize to all Nigerians for bringing them nothing but suffering of unquantifiable proportion since 2015, and proceed to make a solemn pledge not to have anything to do with governance, especially with the February 25 election fast approaching.

“I must confess that I consider the remarks credited to the APC presidential candidate Bola Ahmed Tinubu on Saturday, November 26th , 2023 where he laboured, albeit unsuccessfully, to paint the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Candidate as ungrateful and over ambitious as not only offensive but reckless,” Shaibu said.

Shaibu said that instead of attacking Atiku, Tinubu should spend his energy on telling Nigerians about himself, especially at this time when it is said at various fora that the only thing that is real about Tinubu is his person and that every other ascription on him is a borrowed robe. 

He said that Nigerians believe that ” Tinubu should come in the open to effectively disclaim the allegation that his name as it appears on public documents is not his name; that the parents he claimed were not his; that the certificates he claimed to be his are not and that the schools he claimed to have attended didn’t know him. 

“The issue of which schools he attended is already in the public domain as only few months ago, he told the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) that he didn’t attend primary and secondary schools. The former Lagos governor, however, claimed he had two degrees from two American universities, which he further stated had been stolen by unknown soldiers during the military junta of the 1990s.”

The disclosures came in an affidavit submitted by Tinubu to the electoral office as part of his eligibility filings for the 2023 presidential elections.

The documents released on Friday, 24th June, 2022, showed that the APC Presidential flagbearer left the columns for his primary and secondary education unmarked. But he said he obtained a degree in business and administration in 1979, apparently referring to his previous claims of attending the Chicago State University.

Hear him, “I went on self-exile from October 1994 to October 1998. When I returned, I discovered that all my property, including all the documents relating to my qualifications and my certificates in respect of paragraph three above, were looted by unknown persons.”

He said that Tinubu may be a successful politician whose lifetime ambition is to be President of Nigeria, but it takes more than being a politician to become Nigeria’s president. 

He said that the fact that everything about Tinubu is shrouded in secrecy should tell us that the APC Presidential Candidate lacks the credibility to govern a country like Nigeria.

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