The Presidential Campaign Council of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has lashed out at the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, for urging the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) not to extend the February 10 deadline for the validity of the old naira notes.
The APC campaign council said the PDP and Atiku do not mean well for Nigeria, adding that the former Vice President does not have the citizens at heart.
The campaign council stressed that the PDP presidential flag-bearer is against the extension of the deadline for the validity of the old currency because “he feels the suffering of Nigerians will serve his own political end to become president at all cost.”
It said this via a statement issued on Friday by the Director, Media and Publicity, APC Presidential Campaign Council, Bayo Onanuga.
The council described Atiku as the “public enemy number one in Nigeria”, urging Nigerians to reject him in the 2023 presidential election.
The APC campaign council stated: “The current sabotage of the Naira notes swap and fuel scarcity that have caused untold hardship to millions of Nigerians across the country revealed the true character of Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as public enemy number one.
“Nigerians will recall that since the Central Bank introduced its current cash-limit and new Naira notes swap policies, Atiku Abubakar and PDP maintained opportunistic silence with the hope they will benefit from the discomfort the policies will create for Nigerians and the resentment they will generate for the ruling APC.
“While Atiku and PDP were in bed with the saboteurs and fifth columnists among the operators of Money Deposit Banks and oil marketers who created the current logjam to force the outcome of the February 25 Presidential election in favour of the former Vice President, our candidate Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu courageously pitched his tent with the poor masses who have been most negatively impacted by the antics of these evil doers.
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“Having realised they have lost the initiative and their antics exposed to Nigerians by Asiwaju Tinubu at the APC Presidential Campaign rally in Abeokuta, Atiku made a half-hearted appeal to CBN to ‘slightly’ extend the deadline for the currency swap.
“We are currently at a loss to understand what informed the current call of Atiku on CBN not to extend the February 10 deadline despite the unmitigated hardship still being faced by many Nigerians who could not meet their basic daily needs as a result of lack of cash from banks and the empty ATM machines.
“Any one who lives in Nigeria and not Dubai and visits banks and ATM locations will feel sad that the CBN is making our people suffer for its badly timed Naira swap policy.”
The council noted that the CBN’s approach in approving payment of N20,000 at the counter is far from offering relief to Nigerians.
“We thus find it ludicrous that a man who joined the call for an extension of the deadline last week is championing a new campaign against further extension because he feels the suffering of Nigerians will serve his own political end to become president at all cost.
“In passing off the suffering of our people as ‘Little inconvenience’, Atiku only comes across as a political leader disconnected from the Nigerian people that he is campaigning to govern. Certainly, living comfortably in Dubai for many years has drained Atiku of all empathy.
“This is a man who wants to be President and does not mind even if he presides over the graves of Nigerians as long as his inordinate ambition materialises in line with the prophecy of his marabouts.
“It is crystal clear to every Nigerian of conscience now that Atiku Abubakar and PDP do not mean well for our country. PDP and Atiku have become desperadoes who will wish calamity on the country as long as it makes them win an election they are destined to lose, spectacularly.
“Atiku is now public enemy number one in Nigeria. He is evil personified and must be rejected at the polls on 25 February.
“If Atiku Abubakar has the poor people of our country at heart like Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the PDP candidate will not be advocating for adherence to a policy that has become a burden too heavy to bear for our people,” the APC Presidential Campaign Council added.
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