The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, has said the endorsement from The Economist Magazine rubbished recent claims by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that the international media is unfavourable to his candidacy.
Mr. Atiku stated this in a statement by his media office on Friday, saying that as ‘the Economist’ rightly opined, the issues in 2019 are “popular frustration over the rise in joblessness and poverty on Mr. Buhari’s watch, as well as growing insecurity in central Nigeria.”
According to him, it was his second endorsement after the one by Policy magazine.
The endorsement was based on the clarity of vision and the detailed policies of his candidacy, compared to what he labelled “the vague and empty promises of the incumbent All Progressives Congress administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The statement read partly, “No other candidate has the capacity to address these challenges, like Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, under whose watch as Chairman of the National Council on Privatisation, Nigeria had her highest growth in job numbers.
“Indeed, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, is poised to translate the significant success he has made in his private business empire to the public sector.
“This anticipation is responsible for the momentum he now enjoys in all the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
“For the past one year, Mr. Abubakar has traversed the length and breadth of Nigeria, selling his plans, vision and policies to Nigerians.
“Unfortunately, rather than do the same, the All Progressive Congress has focused on negative campaigning by slandering Mr. Abubakar’s past.
“We are not surprised by their actions. When a man’s future intimidates people, they focus on lying about his past because they cannot compete in the present. However, we thank The Economist for proving that no matter how far and fast falsehood has travelled, it must eventually be overtaken by the truth.”