Ndubuisi Orji, Abuja
The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has cautioned former governor of Lagos State, and leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu “not to draw himself” out by joining in smear campaign and unsavoury comments against its presidential candidate in the 2019 polls, Alhaji Abubakar Atiku.
Tinubu had said on Wednesday said that irrespective of where Atiku and his team meet to strategise for the 2019 election, the PDP candidate does not pose any threat to President Muhammadu Buhari in next year’s presidential election, stating that the country cannot go back to the PDP days.
However, the opposition party, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said the former Lagos governor should not reduce “his pedigree by engaging in indecorous utterances which has become the trademark of his dysfunctional party.
“It is also instructive to state that a person of Asiwaju’s status can conduct his political activities without recourse to indecent language that is lacking in respect for a personality, such as Atiku, whom Nigerians, across board, have generally resolved to be their next president.
“For the avoidance of doubt, despite the ludicrous disposition of APC and its leaders towards the 2019 election campaign, the re-positioned PDP and our presidential candidate remain committed to our promise to focus on solutions to the myriad of problems facing our people and transform their lives for the better.
“The PDP, therefore, cautions Asiwaju Tinubu to redirect the discourse of his party to productive issues instead of this unbridled resort to lies, deception, beguilement, propaganda, smear campaign and uncouth language, which Nigerians now resent.”