Atiku made the remark in response to Tinubu’s controversial remark in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State, on Wednesday.
Tinubu, who campaigned in the state, claimed that the fuel crisis and naira redesign were a ruse to derail the 2023 elections.
“They don’t want the election to take place. They intend to sabotage it (elections). Tinubu asked the throngs of supporters at the rally, “Will you allow them?” They replied, “No.”
“Even if they said there is no fuel, we will trek to vote. They are full of mischief; they could claim that there is no fuel. They’ve been plotting to cause a fuel crisis, but forget about it.
“Let them increase the price of fuel, only them know where they have hoarded fuel, they hoarded money, they hoarded naira; we will go and vote and we will win. Even if the ink on Naira notes was changed. Whatever their plans are, they will fail. We are going to triumph. Those in the PDP will be defeated (won ma lule).
“Obviously frustrated by his inability to stop the Central Bank of Nigeria’s (CBN) cashless policy and currency redesign that will curb vote buying and enhance the credibility of next month’s election, the Presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, has begun crying over his imminent defeat,” Atiku said in a statement issued by Phrank Shaibu, his Special Assistant, Public Communication.
“Tinubu, speaking to a crowd in Abeokuta, Ogun State’s capital, said the currency redesign was aimed at him. Well, the Holy Bible says in Proverbs 28: 1 that “the wicked run when no one is chasing them, but an honest person is as brave as a lion”.
“Despite the fact that the CBN policy affects all 18 political parties, Tinubu is the only one who is dissatisfied… Tinubu, who was also irritated by President Muhammadu Buhari’s refusal to attend some of his insipid rallies, launched an attack on the President, who also serves as Minister of Petroleum.
“According to the disgruntled APC candidate,
“You’re hoarding both fuel and naira. We will, however, vote, and we will win this election. Whether you change the ink on the naira or spend money until you are in debt, things will not go as planned; we will win the election, and our opponents will fail.”
“It’s amusing that Tinubu is only commenting on the fuel scarcity that began in various parts of the country as early as February 2022. Fuel lines have been forming in Lagos, where Tinubu claims to be the landlord, since November. Tinubu’s attempt to distance himself from his party’s failures is therefore dubious, given that elections are only 30 days away.
He is already using fuel scarcity and the naira redesign as excuses for his impending electoral defeat. Tinubu should resign or prepare to be disgraced on February 25, 2023. For the wise, a single word suffices.”