Atiku Abubakar the presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party has challenged the flagbearer of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to subject himself to an hour long Television interview.
Atiku’s challenge came after Tinubu’s Campaign Organization threw shades at his interview with Arise Television aired on Friday where he made several claims including his refusal to pick Tinubu as his running mate in 2007 which would have made his Action Congress of Nigeria presidential ticket a single faith ticket.
Responding, Tinubu’s campaign team slammed Atiku, saying that he is unfit unfit to contest the presidential election.
However, Atiku’s Media Adviser, Paul Ibe in a statement on Saturday dared Tinubu to also take the ‘hot seat’ for a one-hour interview session with journalists.
The statement titled, ‘We challenge Bola Tinubu to take the Hot Seat’, read, “We would like to challenge Bola Tinubu to subject himself to an hour-long interview like the Waziri did, and if he is able to be as articulate and mentally present as our candidate, then he can talk.
“Until then, we will only want to remind him and his yes men that they are not in a position to point fingers when they have not sat on the hot seat.”
He added that the former vice president was amused to read the “knee-jerk response from the Tinubu Campaign Organisation to the wave-making interview granted by Atiku Abubakar”
According to him, Tinubu’s campaign “exposed its gross desperation and vacuousness by citing the provisions of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) 1999, to declare Waziri Atiku Abubakar’s stance on engaging in a side business while he was a young customs officer as a breach of the law. It is pertinent to educate the Tinubu campaign organisation that Nigeria is not under a military regime and our Constitutions are not retroactive in nature.
“Atiku Abubakar has earned Masters degree from Anglia Ruskin University. We challenge any of the present Presidential candidates to present an equal or higher degree. Moreover, his university attendance is a matter of verified record. Can we say the same about some other persons?”