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Fire for Fire…..*As Buhari, Atiku tackle each other

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*Buhari’s govt has zero integrity – Atiku’s spokesman

*Says economy ran into slump due to corruption under his watch

*Nigeria is best performing economy in Africa under him – Keyamo

*Advised Nigerians not to be cowed by Atiku’s sweet manifestoes

Even though the nation’s electoral umpire, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC said the ban on electioneering campaign by political parties is yet to be lifted, most, if not all the political parties involved in the contest for the presidential seat come February 2019 are busy reeling out reasons why Nigerians should vote for their candidates.

In what could best be described as a television debate, the two major parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC and the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP yesterday engaged each other in war of words.

The debate, on Sunrise Daily, was organized by Channels television for President Muhammadu Buhari and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar’s spokespersons namely; Mr. Festus Keyamo (Buhari’s spokesperson) and Mr. Segun Showunmi (Atiku’s Spokesman) who took turns to speak on the credibility and other credentials that qualify their principals to occupy the Aso Rock Villa next year.

While Showunmi gave enormous reasons why Nigerians should vote out the incumbent President, Muhammadu Buhari who is seeking a second tenure in office, Festus Keyamo on his part took a swipe at him for daring to say that Obasanjo/Atiku administration did well in 1999 when Nigeria re-joined the comity of democratic nations.

Keyamo therefore advised Nigerians not to be cowed by Atiku’s sweet manifestoes and promises, noting that Atiku is not Donald Trump that used his private industries to move America forward.

But Showunmi insisted that Buhari administration has not done anything special socially and economically to warrant it a second tenure dismissing Buhari’s anti-graft war as propaganda because according to him, Nigeria’s economy “ran into a slump because of the corruption under the present administration.”

Speaking further, Showunmi, said the present administration under President Muhammadu Buhari has “zero integrity,” adding that “whatever arguments they (the administration) have now about fixing the economy is laughable”.

“They say one thing in the morning, they do another in the evening. First, they said they don’t even know the meaning of subsidy. Right now, they can’t explain to us who is paying subsidy or who is appropriating it. Now we’re finding out that $25 billion is somehow lost within NNPC.

“All over the places where you turn, all the principal officers of this government are just deep in sleaze, made worse, made totally worse, is that they really have no care for any section of the country; When they are not calling young people lazy, they are telling the women that their position is just in the bedroom, whatever that means.

“When they are supposed to be looking for ways to bring the nation together, they are running a percentage that doesn’t even add up in mathematics; 97 to 5.

“Worse is that they go all over the world shaming the whole country, claiming that Nigeria is corrupt, even applauding other nations who call us ‘fantastically corrupt’.”

Sowunmi said why the Buhari administration is “totally incompetent and unacceptable” is that there has not been a cabinet reshuffle since it came to power.

“What makes them totally incompetent and unacceptable is that in the last three and a half years, they have not seen anybody in that government, none of their ministers is due for a change, they have not re-jigged their cabinet, how can they re-jig their cabinet when they don’t know what they are doing”, he stated.

However, Keyamo insisted that the All Progressives Congress (APC) administration has delivered on its promises, accusing Atiku of attempting to ride to power on the emotions of Nigerians.

According to him, “Atiku Abubakar cannot run on promises, and that is the picture my friend here is trying to create; that he is coming with loads of promises, he has been a businessman and created jobs.

“And they want to ride on the emotions of the people because of the unfortunate slump in the economy and get to power. But they have reached a dead end because Atiku Abubakar cannot run based on promises and this whole thing about running a business.

“He is not Donald Trump that came all the way from the private sector. How did Atiku Abubakar create jobs when he was in power? What we saw was a colossal failure of public institutions”, Keyamo fired back.

He also boasted that the Muhammadu Buhari’s administration has been doing well with the economy, adding that Nigeria is now the best performing economy in Africa.

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Quotes:

“Atiku Abubakar is not Donald Trump that came all the way from the private sector, how did he create jobs when he was in power, what we saw was a colossal failure of public institutions”

“President Muhammadu Buhari has “zero integrity, whatever arguments the administration has now about fixing the economy is laughable, they say one thing in the morning and do another in the evening”

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