Senator Kashim Shettima, the vice presidential candidate for the All Progressives Congress (APC), alleged that Atiku Abubakar was saved by Bola Tinubu when he was being persecuted by the Peoples Democratic Party, or PDP.
Shettima claimed that Atiku couldn’t compete with Tinubu’s stellar record of service delivery, superior leadership, and ability to develop capable administrators.
The former Borno state governor gave a speech to the “APC National Integrity Movement,” a group that supports Atiku, in which he discussed the latter’s qualifications.
He said that while he has the utmost respect for Atiku since he acts as a father figure to him, Tinubu would get things done right away.
He claimed that Atiku is a political tourist who frequently travels to Dubai, United Arab Emirates, and only comes home during elections.
Shettima said: “Atiku Abubakar is like a father to me and I hold him in high esteem. But he is a political tourist who is only in this country every electoral circle and we are going to retire him back to Dubai to go and relax. In every situation, for people to see your worth, they need to see your output at home. I am from the Northeast; he is from the Northeast.
“Atiku cannot point to three projects that he brought to the Northeast or to Northern Nigeria for the eight years that he served as the vice president. He cannot show us three people that he has mentored.”
Speaking further, Shettima allged that Tinubu served as a hiding place for Atiku when he was witch hunted by the PDP
“He provided support and succour when the nation was enveloped in darkness and when we were having lots of destruction in the hands of military dictators, he was a sanctuary for victims of political witch hunt including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who was intimidated ad harassed, dehumanised and chased out of the PDP,” he added
He went on to question Atiku’s relationship with past governors of Adamawa State.
He said: “Is he even in good term with past governors of Adamawa state? Admiral Nyako is with us. James Ngilari is with us. Asiwaju can boast of Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, he can boast of Babatunde Raji Fashola, he can boast Lai Mohammed, Rauf Aregbesola, Kayode Fayemi, Femi Gbajabiamila, Abiodun Faleke, Joe Igbokwe, Ben Akabuaze. I can boost of Babagana Zulum, Senator Abubakar Kyari, Mohammed Ali Ndume, Betara Aliyu and Tahir Mongunu, Zanaib Gimba.”
Shettima said that Tinubu is the best candidate for the position and that he decided to back him out of a sense of duty. He praised Tinubu for his fortitude, contribution to the nation, and sense of unity.
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