…Oshiomohole writes off Atiku, Obi
…10 parties yet to begin presidential campaigns
AS PERMUTATIONS heighten to fever pitch ahead the 2023 general elections, People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has headed to a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, to seek an order for removal of Senator Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC) of All Progressives Congress (APC), alleging illegality in the process that produced the party’s national officers and candidates.
The main opposition party is also predicating its prayer on a judgment of the Federal High Court delivered on September 30, which declared all actions and activities of Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Chairmanship of APC’s Extraordinary Convention Committee (ECC) illegal, unconstitutional, null and void.
Therefore, PDP wants court to disqualify all candidates produced by APC for the 2023 general elections from the election, having been produced in clear breach of 1999 Constitution and Electoral Act, 2022.
In another development, former Governor of Edo State and stalwart of All Progressives Congress (APC) Campaign Council, Adams Oshiomhole, has written off the presidential candidate of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar and his Labour Party (LP) counterpart, Mr. Peter Obi as mere pretenders to the post they are contesting with APC’s candidate, Senator Bola Tinubu.
Oshiomohole dropped the bombshell in a live television programme monitored by National Light, yesterday.
Explaining that neither Atiku nor Obi poses threat to Tinubu’s victory, Oshiomohole said Nigerians had rejected Atiku on numerous occasions while Obi’s tenure as Anambra State governor was one bedeviled with insecurity and shoddy projects.
“Nigeria has rejected Atiku Abubakar three, four times and even his partnership with Peter Obi did not deliver him. We are confident that, God willing, using the same Nigerian people who had rejected him in the past, they will reject him again. And because once he is rejected, he has a history of relocating to Dubai. That is what the Vice president meant. As for Obi, he should tell Nigerians how he’ll ensure that the nation is not reduced to what he made of Anambra State in his time as governor when armed robbers and kidnappers operated in day light and contracts executed shabbily,” he said.
Meanwhile, one month and five days after Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) lowered the blocks on September 28, about 10 of the 18 political parties are yet to begin their presidential election campaigns.
While a host of them are yet to raise their campaign councils or announce campaign itinerary, most are yet to unveil their manifestos.