In an apparent response to the statement made recently by the National Leader of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has warned Tinubu not to draw himself out be joining the smear campaign and unsavoury comments against former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
The PDP said Tinubu as an elder should not reduce his pedigree by engaging in what it called indecorous utterances which had become the trademark of the APC.
Tinubu had on Wednesday while speaking to State House correspondents after a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, said that Nigerians would not allow the PDP to return to power following how they ran the country badly for 16 years, adding that we cannot go back to the pit PDP plunged the country into.
“We don’t fear, whether he is meeting in the jungle, in Dubai or in Abu Dhabi. People are free to meet and strategise in any way they fell, but we are not going back to the illusion of the PDP. It is not possible, Nigerians will not do that.
“They say slow and steady wins the race. We inherited that from our forefathers and knowledgeable people.
“We can’t go back to the pit that we inherited for 16 years. They can strategise from anywhere, but a leopard cannot change its skin.”
Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, in Abuja however said that it was regrettable that someone like Tinubu could recourse to use such indecent language.
“It is also instructive to state that a person of Asiwaju status can conduct his political activities without recourse to indecent language that is lacking in respect for a personality, such as Atiku, whom Nigerians, across board, have generally resolved to be their next President.
“For the avoidance of doubt, despite the ludicrous disposition of APC and its leaders towards the 2019 Election campaign, the repositioned PDP and our presidential candidate remain committed to our promise to focus on solutions to the myriad of problems facing our people and transform their lives for the better.
“The PDP therefore cautions Asiwaju Tinubu to redirect the discourse of his party to productive issues instead of this unbridled resort to lies, deception, beguilement, propaganda, smear campaign and uncouth language, which Nigerians now resent.”