2023: I’m most preferred candidate, not weakest – Atiku replies Oshiomhole

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THE Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, yesterday, rejected what he called “use of uncomplimentary words” by former Edo State governor, Adams Oshiomhole.

Atiku, who took exemption to the verbal attack, said the former Edo governor was “being distraught by his increasing popularity.”

A statement released by the spokesperson of Atiku/Okowa Campaign Organisation, Kola Ologbondiyan, said: “Nigerians expect Adams Oshiomhole to note that presidential campaign addresses serious issues and is not a platform for throwing tantrums and irresponsible commentaries.”

In a television interview, Oshiomhole had, on Wednesday, claimed that Atiku is totally insensitive to Project Nigeria. The former governor added that Atiku’s speech in Kaduna, where he was quoted, as having said northerners should not vote for southerners, is clear indication that the PDP candidate is not a unifier.

Oshiomhole, a deputy director general of the Presidential Campaign Council of Bola Tinubu, and his running mate, Kashim Shettima, said Atiku is the “weakest link right now among the three leading candidates,” including Tinubu and Peter Obi of the Labour Party (LP).

But the statement by Atiku’s spokesperson said: “Nigerians are not ready to accept such apparent ‘HPD’ attitude from him towards the nation’s preferred leader, Atiku Abubakar.

“In any case, Nigerians will not be surprised to see Adams Oshiomhole turning around at Atiku Abubakar’s inevitable victory and inauguration on May 29, 2023, to condemn Asiwaju Tinubu and declare his current unsavory comments against Atiku Abubakar as mere political statements.”

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