APC PCC Blames Fuel, New Naira Notes Scarcity On Fifth Columnists And PDP

The All Progressive Congress Presidential Campaign Council (PCC) has denied that its candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu accused President Muhamadu Buhari of using the Naira redesign and fuel scarcity to stop him from winning the presidential election next month.

Tinunu had boasted during a rally in Abeokuta the Ogun State capital, that not even the redesign if the Naira or the fuel scarcity can’t stop him from winning the presidential election.

But the APC PCC has swiftly denied Tinubu saying that he was being frustrated by the Buhari Administration.

The council alleged in a statement issued by Bayo Onanuga its Director, Media & Publicity that the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) and fifth columnist are behind both problems which many Nigerians have complained about.

APC’s accusations comes alongside a trending video of President Buhari saying he fully backs the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) on the Naira redesign, adding that there was no need an extension of the deadline for submitting old notes.

The statement read in part: “No sooner Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu empathised with the Nigerian people facing the dual crises of fuel and new Naira notes scarcity, than the opposition PDP and the Atiku camp issued a knee-jerk response, derailing from the issues, distorting Asiwaju’s statement and trying, in vain, to create a wedge between our presidential candidate and President Muhammadu Buhari.

“When the guilty are afraid of being uncovered, they try to push back with red-herring. For the records, Asiwaju  Tinubu during APC campaign rally at Abeokuta on Wednesday, in his statement, did not mention, blame or accuse President Muhammadu Buhari for the current challenges in the country. Asiwaju Tinubu was only adverting government’s attention to the sabotage being carried out by some Fifth Columnists in the system, possibly working in cahoots with the PDP”.

“The CBN officials, including Governor Godwin Emefiele  have said many times that enough new Naira notes have been supplied to the banks, yet our people complain that they have not been able to get the new notes.  In recent days, many ATMs are either not working or when working they are dispensing the old notes, just a few days to the  January 31 deadline.

“Similarly, Asiwaju Tinubu is aware of the salutary efforts by President Buhari to end the fuel queues, by chairing a 14-man panel. Yet the queues and agony continue. For a presidential candidate, who cares about the suffering of our people, he has a duty to warn government that its efforts to make life better for Nigerians are being sabotaged on several fronts.

“Our presidential candidate only re-echoed what is well known and acknowledged, even by President Buhari himself at different fora: That there are Fifth Columnists in and outside of government who often throw spanners in the works against good intentions and programmes of the government. How does an advisory genuinely made by Asiwaju Tinubu to protect and create goodwill for the government of his party become an attack? It can only be so in the jaundiced view of the PDP”.

Onanuga insisted that was no rift between Buhari and Tinubu, saying, “PDP and Atiku should remember not to get high on their own smoke. No political blackmail and an attempt to create a conflict between Tinubu and his long-term ally, President Muhammadu Buhari can succeed”.


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