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2019: Buhari, Atiku Not Good For Nigeria - Ezekwesili

Former Minister of Education, Dr. Oby Ezekwesili, yesterday, opened up on how she intends to win next February’s presidential election with a blistering attack at President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, describing them as Siamese twins of failure.

But Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said, yesterday, that President Muhammadu Buhari deserved a second  term in office since he has, in the past three and half years, impacted positively the lives of Nigerians.

However, describing Buhari and Atiku as men who cannot take the country forward, Ezekwesili charged majority of Nigerians, who she described as sleeper voters, to take up the duty of voting out Buhari and stopping Atiku from returning to power.
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Making mention of alleged corruption cases involving some of Buhari’s most senior officials, she accused the president of looking the other way when issues of corruption were mentioned about him and his close allies.

She was equally dismissive of the challenge by Atiku, saying his records  in Nigeria and United States do not give optimism of  a new narrative of probity in governance.

Ezekwesili, who is campaigning on the platform of Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, at a world press conference to unveil her road map to victory in 2019 said: “President Buhari declared after his victory that he ‘belongs to everybody and he belongs to nobody’.

“It sounded like sweet music at the time, but it was a big scam. This is a man whose wife – and surely his wife should know him better than we do— lamented that a mafia had hijacked her husband’s government.

“There is no shadow of doubt: President Buhari is the most parochial, most nepotistic and most partisan president that Nigeria has ever seen.

“This president talks about fighting grand corruption. Please, please, give me a break! Does he think we cannot see? A president that looks the other way while his friends and cronies suffocate and strangle our country?”

On Atiku

Affirming that Atiku was not an option, she said: “Apart from forgetfulness, why are some Nigerians suddenly considering the PDP yet again? I have heard some people say it is because the PDP candidate has run successful businesses and, therefore, will be good for the economy at a time like this.

“That response just makes me shake my head in wonderment: Is it the same person we know, or are we speaking of another?

“Perhaps you never read a 2005 email from the president of Atiku’s university which was obtained by US investigators.

“Let me quote a small portion from that mail: ‘…The flow of revenue to the university will slow dramatically if Atiku’s political fortunes continue to wane… Construction delays on campus have also raised fears that the prospects for the university are linked to Atiku’s political success.’

“If we dive into all the filthy issues involving the PDP candidate —from the PTDF saga to the $2.8 million Siemens bribery scandal —we may spend the entire day here today and I simply do not have that time.”

Dismissing insinuations that her bid would divide the votes needed to remove Buhari, she said: “I just laugh when I hear some people say our citizens movement will split opposition votes. But the PDP is not in opposition to the APC. The candidate of the PDP has over the past 14 years gone from PDP to AC, AC to PDP, PDP to APC and now back to PDP. ”

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