Atiku, Obi slam FG as Shettima sells Tinubu’s candidacy


Presidential candidates of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar and the Labour Party, Peter Obi, on Monday flayed the Federal Government over the insecurity and economic crisis confronting the nation, stating that Nigeria possessed all the negative indices that qualified it as a failed state.

The two candidates unanimously agreed that 2023 is Nigeria’s decisive year, noting that the election is critical to the country’s existence.

Atiku and Obi spoke at the ongoing 62nd Annual General Conference of the Nigerian Bar Association in Lagos.

Also at the event was the vice-presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Kashim Shettima, who represented his principal, Bola Tinubu.

He urged Nigerians to vote for their joint ticket because of their achievements as governors in Lagos and Borno states.

Governors Solomon Lalong and Godwin Obaseki of Plateau and Edo states, respectively, equally attended the conference.

The Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Olukayode Ariwoola, Governor of Lagos State, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, and a popular author, Chimamanda Adichie and other speakers advocated the reform of the Nigerian judiciary in order to position the country on the path of transformational change.

In his remarks, Atiku observed that the country is more disunited today than it had ever been since democracy took root in 1999, noting that Nigeria had never found itself in such a very critical situation in its history.

Speaking on the theme: ’Bold transitions in the 21st century as far as our country is concerned,’ he submitted that Nigeria had all the negative indices, adding that the nation had never experienced the current level of poverty, insecurity and unemployment.

He stated, “Since the return of democracy in 1998/99, Nigeria has never found itself in such a very very critical point in our history.

“Today, we have had all the negative indices. Today, we are all disunited in the nation. We have never experienced this level of poverty. We have never experienced this state of insecurity. We have never experienced this level of unemployment. We have recognised all these negative development in our history.”

He added that the important thing was to tackle the challenges.

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