The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to respect his old age and desist from “the smear campaign” and “unsavoury comments” against its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The PDP issued the warning in a statement by its National Publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja on Thursday, saying it is regretable that someone as old as Tinubu could recourse to the use of indecent language.
Mr. Ologbondiyan said, “It is also instructive to state that a person of Asiwaju 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 repositioned 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. “
The opposition party advised Mr. Tinubu, as an elder, “not reduce his pedigree” by engaging in what it called indecorous utterances which it said has become the trademark of the ruling party.
The PDP had reacted to comments creidted to Tinubu on Wednesday, that the country would not allow the PDP, which, he alleged, ran the country badly while in power for 16 years, back to power – saying “a leopard cannot change its skin.”
Tinubu had said, “We don’t fear, whether he is meeting in the jungle, in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi. People are free to meet and strategise in any way they fell, but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP. It is not possible, Nigerians will not do that.
“They say slow and steady wins the race. We inherited that from our forefathers and knowledgeable people.
“We can’t go back to the pit that we inherited for 16 years. They can strategise from anywhere, but a leopard cannot change its skin.”