Tinubu Forgot Name Of His Political Party, His Memory Now Failing Him, Says Atiku

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Responding to claims from the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Ahmed Tinubu, that the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, lied about rejecting him as a running mate in 2007, Atiku has said that Tinubu’s memory “may not be what it used to be”.

Atiku in an interview with Arise TV, had said he fell out with Tinubu in 2007 because he refused him as a running mate trying to avoid a Muslim-Muslim ticket.

Media Adviser to Atiku, Paul Ibe, in a released statement said,” if Bola Tinubu can forget the name of his own political party, why will he not also forget what transpired between 2007 and 2015? We do sympathise with him.”

The statement which he claimed is a response to Tinubu “not in the rather impolite manner that he dealt with the PDP presidential candidate” but choosing the route of a friendly riposte hoping Tinubu reciprocates the gesture.

“The major accusation made by Asiwaju Tinubu is that the Waziri Adamawa offered him the opportunity of being his running mate in 2007, which means that the former Vice President was not then mindful of Nigeria’s religious and ethnic diversity, making his statements during the Arise TV interview hypocritical.

“We would not say that Bola Tinubu has lied. Rather, it is our desire to give him the benefit of the doubt, and believe that his memory may not be what it used to be.

“Nigerians may want to note that on 14 September, 2005, the then US Consul General, Brian L. Browne, drafted a memo, leaked via Wikileaks, wherein he stated that Bola Tinubu was scheming to be a running mate to either Atiku Abubakar or Muhammadu Buhari.

“This is further historically corroborated by the subsequent political history of Nigeria. Biographers of President Muhammadu Buhari have variously recounted how Bola Tinubu made the same request of then Presidential candidate Muhammadu Buhari in 2015.

“In his 2016 AUTHORISED biography of President Muhammadu Buhari titled ‘Muhammadu Buhari: The Challenges of Leadership in Nigeria’, Professor John Paden, an American, wrote about the issue as follows:

“Tinubu, a former governor of Lagos State and political ‘godfather’ of the South-West geopolitical zone, felt he should be the vice-presidential candidate.”

“The above clearly shows a behavioural pattern here. So, if anyone is “unhinged from the truth” (to borrow Asiwaju Tinubu’s words), it certainly is not Atiku Abubakar,” Ibe stated.

Ibe also accused Tinubu of showing a clear pattern of not being able to own up to his actions.

“We would also like to remind Nigerians that even though multiple sources have testified that Bola Tinubu desperately lobbied to be made Buhari’s deputy in a Muslim-Muslim ticket, Bola Tinubu himself denied this on June 22, 2022, and instead accused President Buhari of offering him the position of Vice President.

“Which is exactly the same false allegation he has made against Atiku Abubakar. This is a pattern of behaviour. Not owning up to his actions,” he said.

He also stated that the statement hopefully settles the matter and cordiality is expressed henceforth.

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