Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s (PDP) presidential candidate, was made fun of by Bola Tinubu, the All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential candidate, for his repeated attempts to hold the nation’s top political position.
In 1993, 2007, 2011, 2015, and 2019, Atiku, then age 76, failed in his campaign for the presidency.
At the APC Presidential Candidate Meeting with Niger Delta Stakeholders held in Gbaramatu, Delta State, Tinubu outlined his intentions for the Gbaramatu neighbourhood with the Pere of the Gbaramatu Kingdom, Oboro-Gbaraun II (Aketekpe, Agadagba).
“You mentioned the issue of the deep sea port, the roads, the bridge, the university, industrial park at Ogidigben. These are the things that came to your mind, Kabiyesi, and all of you here,” the former Lagos State governor said.
“Kabiyesi, Your Royal Highness, as I stand before you, there are few of us left running. One says he is Atiku. How many times has he been running? He’s always on the run, and he’s tired. Tell him to go and sit down. Enough is enough.
“The other one, he thinks na statistic we go chop. He lies with arithmetic that no Indian can ever solve. To mention his name is a disgrace even to me. I won’t mention the name. Wrong arithmetic, wrong statistics, warehouse economics. That’s not what Nigeria needs.
“Kabiyesi, Your Royal Majesty, it was a joy to find one of my blood being part of you from Badagry. So, what else do you need? You need honesty; you need a man who knows the road. That is me.”
There were cries of “Jagaban! Jagaban!” in response to Tinubu’s remarks, even though he did not specifically mention Obi or Rabiu Kwankwaso, the presidential candidate of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), two other significant candidates in the 2023 elections.
He assured the Pere that regular consultations with the ruler would occur within his administration.
“Our brothers here, we will embrace them for the development of the area, the community of Gbaramatu, and other associated communities – economic development, progress, jobs for our youth, a promised tomorrow that is certain.
“A renewed hope is here standing before you. And I promise, with the support of God on my team, that you will live long, you will live with prosperity,” Tinubu said.