ABUJA – All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council has chided the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) flagbearer, Atiku Abubakar, for demanding a drug test for its presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu.
It noted that Tinubu is fit as a fiddle and has no health challenge, even as it said Atiku’s media handlers have resorted to insults, abuse and falsehood because they are jittery of imminent defeat in the 2023 polls.
The spokesperson of the Atiku-Okowa Campaign Council, Senator Dino Melaye, had on Saturday asked the Nigeria Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) to conduct drug tests on leading presidential candidates ahead of the 2023 presidential poll.
Briefing journalists at the weekend, Melaye maintained that it is a constitutional requirement for anyone aspiring to the office of the president of Nigeria to be mentally and physically fit.
“Tinubu is not physically and mentally fit. I challenge him to a medical examination between him and Atiku. Because this is a constitutional requirement to be president and he should fulfil it,” Melaye said.
But firing back at the Atiku campaign team, the APC campaign team said the alarm being raised over Tinubu’s health status was misplaced.
In a statement issued yesterday, the director, Special Media Projects and New Media of the Tinubu/Shettima Presidential Campaign Council, Mr Femi Fani Kayode, said Atiku was jittery about imminent defeat.
The former aviation minister said: “When he and his men friends attempt to mock the Jagaban on issues of health, I laugh and shake my head with pity for them. The truth is that Asiwaju is so far ahead of Atiku in this and every other respect and they know it.
“As each day passes their collective ignorance, pettiness, idiocy and weaknesses are becoming more and more manifest. A man that cannot hold his own party together wants to be President. A man that cannot empathize with the suffering of the people and that gloats when people are suffering and when there is turmoil in the land cannot be trusted with power.
“A man that is trying to give the impression that he was part and parcel of Obasanjo’s success as president when in actual fact he was trying to frustrate that government’s efforts to improve the lives of our people is nothing less than treacherous and deceitful and he cannot be trusted with power,” he said.