An Igbo socio-political group, the Omalegwuoku Progressive Initiative, has said the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, is suffering from severe post-election loss trauma.
Global President of the group and a Commissioner with the Federal Character Commission (FCC), Ambassador Ginika F. Tor, stated this at a news conference on Wednesday in Abuja.
She also claimed that Atiku is suffering from near-presidency syndrome following his defeat in the 2023 election in his fifth presidential contest, adding that his post-election trauma ballooned following the dismissal of his petition at the tribunal.
According to her, the former Vice President commissioned a fishing expedition to Chicago State University (CSU) on a wild goose chase for President Bola Tinubu’s Certificate.
Tor said while the President had immediately averted his mind to developmental issues, it became obvious that Atiku and his minions were deliberately trying to distract him.
She said, “The PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, who appears to still be suffering from a severe post-election loss trauma and a near-presidency syndrome following his defeat at the polls on his fifth presidential contest, has suddenly realized that his dream of being President of this country which seemed so close in 2003 was again a mirage in 2023.
“His post-election trauma ballooned following the unsuccessful prosecution of his brief by his legal team at the PEPT, where they filed a petition lacking in substance and direction. Like someone who woke up from a terrible nightmare, Atiku commissioned a fishing expedition to Chicago State University on a wild goose chase for President Bola Tinubu’s certificate.
“They started by saying President Bola Tinubu did not attend CSU, and when CSU repeatedly confirmed that President Bola Ahmed Tinubu was their student and graduated with honours in 1979, they changed lanes and started accusing President Bola Tinubu of submitting a fake certificate to INEC in 2022.”
Tor said Atku’s quest to malign the integrity of Tinubu has amounted to tarnishing the image of Nigeria before the international community in a bid to perpetuate a lie and defame the president.
She added: “Atiku Abubakar’s inordinate quest to malign the integrity of Mr President also amounts to destroying or tarnishing the image of Nigeria before the international community all in a bid to perpetuate a lie and make people believe that President Bola Tinubu submitted a forged certificate to INEC.
“In the past four months, the Tinubu administration has systematically laid the groundwork for a very prosperous Nigeria where the fruits of prosperity will percolate through the grassroots to the common man. The process may be thorny and harsh, but the destination will bring lasting relief and sustainable prosperity for all.
“We equally want to appeal to the President to continue to be meticulous in transforming the national trajectory of Nigeria both in terms of economy, security and political inclusion.
“On this note, we call on Mr President to equally find a way to include many competent progressives who share his development ideology and also worked tirelessly to help enthrone this government. Giving these categories of people the opportunity to serve in different capacities will be the surest way of quickly attaining the targets contained in his Renewed Hope vision since they are co-owners of the Renewed Hope Agenda