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On Wednesday, the Peoples Democratic Party, Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) rubbished claims by the All Progressives Congress, APC, that its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s campaign was being funded by drug barons from South Africa.
Earlier Yekini Nabena the APC’s Deputy Publicity Secretary alleged that PDP was broke and therefore had sought help from South Africa based drug cartels.
Yekini Nabena claimed that Atiku had to take the decision because the agenda he had coming from Dubai had failed therefore the next alternative is to turn to the cartels in South Africa.
The APC chieftain was quoted as saying: “the Atiku presidential campaign team and PDP have turned to the drug dealers in South Africa for financial assistance because their Dubai agenda has collapsed”.
However, Kola Ologbondiyan, PPCO’s spokesperson, has denied the allegation, emphasizing that the ruling party’s presidential council was made up of drug addicts and barons.
Ologbondiyan statement reads: “It is unfortunate that President Muhammadu Buhari, who daily tells Nigerians of his commitment to a free, fair, credible and peaceful polls as well as issue-based campaign will, within the same breath, mandate the officials of his party and members of his campaign to be engaging in malicious, vengeful and hate-inclined statements against respectable Nigerians whose integrity, competence and capacity overshadow his.
“We make bold to state that unlike President Buhari, the PDP Presidential candidate and his running mate, have unbroken records of fulfilling responsibilities in all the offices they have occupied.
“They come with a trajectory of successes in their various engagements in public office and have never been indicted by any statutory authority or court of competent jurisdiction in any matter whatsoever
“We, however, charge the APC to look inwards and see the array of drug barons, addicts, certificate forgers, money launderers and treasury looters that are assembled in their party and Presidential campaign council.
“This assemblage by people of questionable characters in a party where their leaders claim integrity is one of the puzzles that 2019 election will solve.
“We are therefore not surprised by the descent of the APC to this irresponsible level of allegations as a subterfuge to divert public attention from President Buhari’s rejection, failure in governance and schemes to manipulate the 2019 general elections.
“Finally, the PDP urges President Buhari and the APC to refrain from dirty politics as such will not deliver them from the rejection by Nigerians.”