By Mike Odiakose
Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation, APCO, has volunteered to sponsor the Spokesman of All Progressives Congress, APC, for a two weeks crash course on how to run an issue-based campaign that is guided by civility and refined language.
Reacting to series of attacks on the person of the PDP presidential candidate by Spokesman of the APC, the Campaign Organisation said the ruling party is trying to divert public attention from some recent negative reports on the Vice President, Prof Yemi Osinbajo and APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“Just last week, our attention was drawn to a statement by the All Progressives Congress falsely accusing the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party of attempting to smuggle in large sums of money into the nation for the purpose of funding his campaign.
“In the said statement from November 5, 2018, the APC called for security agents to be on the watch to prevent the imaginary ‘illicit cash’ from entering Nigeria.
“Thus, we are surprised that the same APC which made that false allegation has made a 180-degree turn by releasing a new statement contradicting their earlier statement and alleging that the former Vice President is broke.
“In their statement, they contend that ‘Atiku Abubakar is at a crossroads on how to source funds for the 2019 electioneering campaign.’
“Our response is to urge the APC to make up its mind on which lie it wants to tell the Nigerian people and then stick to that lie. As a party in power, there ought to be more stability in the APC at least to give the public and the international community some assurance that the party is not imploding. No wonder there is a lot of policy flip flop under the APC administration!
“We know that the APC is desperate to distract attention from the recent indictment of Vice President Osinbajo by the House of Representatives for grand corruption and the interrogation of their chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, by the Department of State Security on charges of collecting huge bribes to influence party primaries.
“Given the sordid state of things in the APC and its imminent implosion over money politics, we are not surprised that the APC is throwing wild allegations at former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in the hope that something will stick.
“Our advise to the APC is that they should send their spokesman to the Atiku Presidential Campaign Organisation for a two weeks crash course on how to run an issue-based campaign that is guided by civility and refined language.
“It is obvious that the APC is badly in need of such tutoring.”
APCO emphasised that while the APC is throwing about baseless accusations, their candidate, Atiku Abubakar, is set to launch tangible policies that will get Nigeria working again in the next week.
“Our campaign is focused on addressing the concerns and the welfare of Nigerians byAtikulating plans to move Nigerians out of poverty.
“We also sympathize with Chairman Oshiomhole on his ordeal and assure him that if he is finding the APC too hot for him, he may want to throw in the towel and join the large number of APC chieftains who have washed their hands off the party and its hydra-headed problems.”