ATIKU, weaknesses, campaign chief

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has been attacked for saying he has been sidelined by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

He helped Buhari to get into office and got nothing in return, he has been quoted as saying.

Former Deputy Director of the Buhari Presidential Campaign Council, Mallam Mohammed Lawal, yesterday dismissed Atiku’s claim, saying the former Vice – President did not campaign for President Buhari in 2015, this is according to The Nation report.

Besides, he did not contribute “anything” to the campaign, Lawal was quoted by the Newspaper as saying.

Lawal, a director on the board of the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation( NNPC), said Atiku remained bitter for losing the presidential ticket to Buhari.

But the Atiku Media Office insisted that the former Vice-President did his best for the campaign after being sidelined initially.

Atiku has said that he was “used and dumped”.

This, Lawal said Atiku was not right with his claim.

He added: “I served as a Deputy Director at the Presidential Campaign Council.

“ I knew all the intrigues. He fought Buhari tooth and nail. He was extremely unhappy about the loss of presidential primaries.

Lawal said:

“We know that right from the time Buhari was sworn in, he started plotting to cause problem, to ensure that this administration does not succeed.

“During the campaign, he granted an interview to BBC and said he was sure APC would not win the presidential election.

“He was making preparations that if APC did not win, he will go back to PDP and get the ticket after ex-President Goodluck Jonathan’s projected exit in 2019.

“Immediately after the presidential primaries, Atiku left the country. He did not come back. All along, while we were prosecuting the presidential campaign, Atiku was not in Nigeria. He did not participate in the presidential campaign.

“After the presidential election, he came to congratulate President Muhammadu Buhari and left the country. He is complaining now that he was not contacted.”

“He did not campaign for Buhari during the election. He even refused to contribute any money. He promised to campaign and to contribute to the campaign. He did not contribute anything meaningful.

“ Let him say how much he spent. How much did he claim he spent? Is his money more important than his appearance at the campaign? He spent all the money he thinks he has to ensure that Buhari did not win.

“People are not foolish. He told the BBC in 2015 that he was sure that Buhari was not going to win. So, will somebody who did not believe in the party’s candidate spend anything?”

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