The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, yesterday derided the celebration in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over the US trip of its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
Oshiomhole and El-Rufai said in Kaduna that instead of the celebration, Atiku should explain to Nigerians why he could not go there over the last 12 years.
They both spoke at the presidential campaign of the APC.
El-Rufai said: “It is disturbing that, people in the PDP are celebrating instead of crying.
“So, all of a sudden, going to America is now an achievement. Mr. President, I first went to America when I was 22 years old. So, it is not an achievement.
“Nigerians will not vote those who will take their money to America. Nigerians will not vote those who will go to America to seek Trump’s blessing before they will come and contest in Nigeria.
“In fact, he should come and explain to Nigerians why he could not go to America in the last 12 years.”
On his part, Oshiomhole hoped Atiku’s US trip is not about selling NNPC if he wins the presidential election.
The party chairman said: “The fundamental issues of the campaign are the pronouncements by the PDP presidential candidate to sell the NNPC just as they sold out NITEL, NEPA, Nigerian Airways and other government agencies.”
Oshiomhole alleged that “it was under the watch of Atiku as Nigeria’s Vice President that all the textile and other factories in Kaduna closed down. He has even said that, if he is elected, he will sell NNPC refineries.
“He thinks Nigerians are stupid, but we are not,” he said.
El-Rufai promised President Muhammadu Buhari 90% votes in the forthcoming general elections.
‘In Kaduna in 2015, the President got over a million votes but the masses will give the President 90% votes this year by God’s grace. The 16th of February is my birthday, therefore I urge you all to present me with votes for the President as my gift,’ he said.
“PDP will be happy if you make mistakes during the polls. President Buhari has lived all his live a hero and you owe him that duty of returning him to power,”Amaechi said.