Shortly after it was described as saucy, distractive, and needing help to overcome its trauma from defeat at the last elections, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has tore All Progressives Congress’s (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu saying It is atrocious that at the time other leaders are in the Holy Land offering prayers and supplications for Nigeria, Tinubu is in Mecca for photo-ops, playing dirty politics and hauling insults at other Nigerians just to curry relevance before President Buhari.
Tinubu had said the opposition party’s statements after the election was ‘saucy and distractive”.
He added that he believed that the PDP might be suffering from election defeat trauma and urged Nigerians not to be annoyed with them but help them to overcome the trauma.
Also at the dinner were Sultan of Sokoto, His Eminence, Alhaji Muhammadu Sa’ad Abubakar and Emir of Kazaure, Dr. Najib Hussaini Adamu, Nigerian Ambassador to Saudi Arabia, Justice Isa Dodo, Malam Mamman Daura, Malam Isma’ila Isa, Mr Wale Tinubu and Mr Hakeem P. Fahm, the Commissioner of Science and Technology, Lagos State.
He urged Nigerians not to be angry with the party, but assist them to overcome their “colossal defeat” in the February 2019 elections.
“Don’t blame them. They are handicapped by the traumatic feelings of the colossal loss of the election. You should help them to manage the trauma,” he added.
But the PDP berated Tinubu for resorting to hauling insults against the PDP to curry political relevance, ostensibly for his selfish pecuniary interests.
The party says “by travelling to faraway Mecca, at this Ramadan period, just to meet President Muhammadu Buhari and engage in gossips, invectives and diatribes against the PDP, Asiwaju Tinubu has further demonstrated that he has nothing to offer towards the development of our nation” noting that “nothing but sheer hypocrisy would push Asiwaju Tinubu to engage in unholy praises of a failed administration in a desperation to avert the purported threats by certain agents of the Buhari Presidency to expose him.”
The party adds in a statement on Tuesday:
“This is the same Asiwaju Tinubu, who, in January 2018, at the 15th Annual Daily Trust Dialogue, berated the Buhari administration for its nepotism, incompetence, corrupt oil subsidy regime; blaming it for the high-level poverty in our country and counseled Nigerians to be guided by their conscience in electing leaders in the 2019 general elections.
“Asiwaju, in criticizing the Buhari administration held rightly that “too much political and economic power resides in the hands of too few. This result in a society described by too much of unemployment, inadequate infrastructure, too little food, yet too much poverty”.
“He then added correctly that under President Buhari, “rather than becoming a joyous nation, Nigeria has become a cruel playground where the fears and concerns of the average person get exploited but their interests never get promoted.”
The PDP lambasted Asiwaju Tinubu for making allusion to its determination with Nigerians to retrieve Atiku Abubakar’s stolen Presidential mandate at the court, adding that no amount of blackmail can detract from this resolve.
The party cautioned Tinubu to call himself to order, particularly as Nigerians, including members of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), “have seen through his power-grabbing antics and are now determined to give him the back seat treatment”.