The Presidency has warned the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) not to make the family of President Muhammadu Buhari a campaign subject in the 2019 elections.
Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, in a statement on Wednesday said the PDP should rather address consequences of their 16-year of rule in Nigeria than bring the President’s family into the 2019 elections.
“The PDP leadership cannot afford to make family an issue in this campaign. Need I say more? The only thing I want to add is that PDP is engaging in mud-slinging because it finds it easier than speaking on their despicable 16-year record in the course of which they abused the trust of Nigerians.
“They made a mess of everything including the economy, security, and infrastructure. It has come to the destiny of President Muhammadu Buhari to correct their mistakes.
“The PDP doesn’t see anything beyond grabbing power, power at all costs. It is an irony that a party that boasted as being the largest in Africa is now begging small parties for alliances. A Presidential contest is more than the issuance of daily press releases containing falsehoods,” Shehu said.
Shehu, however, added that if the PDP wants to make family the issue in the coming elections, the APC would gladly accept the challenge.
“If the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wants to make family the issue in the coming elections, the APC would gladly accept the challenge. Let this be the subject for 2019 election.
“They have launched a campaign for the Presidency, a campaign that has failed to get any traction. The whole thing is not working; that President Buhari is unstoppable,” he added.
He further claimed that the PDP has no records to show of their achievements, despite being in government for 16 years, hence the reason why they are diverting attention.
“The PDP doesn’t have the strength and support to fight President Buhari. They don’t have the records in security, economy and the war against corruption to mount any meaningful challenge. They have no records of accomplishments in infrastructure. That is why they are dragging the President’s wife into their politics,” he said.
Reacting to various comments by several organs of the opposition party on remarks made by the President on views publicly expressed by his wife, Mrs. Aisha Muhammadu Buhari in an interview, the presidential spokesman said questions raised of the President by the PDP in regard to his wife only amounted to an own goal.
“Rather than a so-called cabal, an imaginary creation attached to all past governments of the country, President Buhari is remote-controlled by the 200 million-plus Nigerian people whose interest is uppermost in everything he says and does,” he said.