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Atiku Calls For Extension Of Deadline For Old Naira Notes Exchange

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Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party’s, PDP, presidential candidate, has called for the extension of the January 31st deadline for the naira swap.

Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, Governor Godwin Emefiele had said the 100 days time frame from late last year was sufficient.

But the former Vice President said the people are suffering non-availability of cash, though he understands the situation was not intended.

In a video on Twitter, Atiku on Saturday, January 28, 2023, observed that the CBN decision to redesign the naira notes has generated wide reactions within and outside the country.

He noted that a great number of Nigerians have expressed apprehension about how the policy and the deadline will make life difficult for them.

Atiku confirmed the challenges farmers and artisans in remote areas go through in moving cash to commercial banks for exchange.

Stressing that the ultimatum is going to cause heavy discomfort for citizens, he advised the Federal Government and the CBN to act.

Atiku appealed to the authorities to “ease the burden of the people” while sensitisation on the imperative of mobile banking policy continues.

“It is important for the CBN to consider an extension for the public to swap their old notes thereby reducing the financial consequences on these vulnerable citizens”, he added.

2023: Atiku Attempts To Position As ‘Most Experienced Candidate’

Barely 40 days to next year’s presidential election, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Atiku Abubakar has said it would be dangerous to vote for an inexperienced leader or the All Progressives Congress party.

Atiku’s warning is contained in a statement on his verified Twitter handle posted on Monday, January 16, 2023.

He also cautioned that the APC not be voted to power, saying the party was responsible for bringing the country to a sorry situation.

“It will be dangerous for Nigeria to relinquish their future to a greenhorn or the national leader of the same party that brought us to this very sorry situation,” Atiku said.

The former Vice President might be allegedly referring to the candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Peter Obi, when he said don’t vote for a greenhorn.

The PDP’s presidential candidate has continued to describe Obi as an inexperienced candidate.

‘Come clean on your health and corruption allegations against you’ – APC Tackles Atiku

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has challenged Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to come out clean on his health status and speak on issues of corruption surrounding him.

Bayo Onanuga, Director, Media and Publicity APC Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, threw the challenge in a statement he issued on Wednesday, January 11, 2023, in Abuja.

“It’s time for Atiku Abubakar, the 76-year-old presidential candidate of the PDP to come clean over two issues beclouding his campaign.

“His health status and his scandalous confession of how he colluded with his former boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo to fleece the Nigerian treasury, using Special Purpose Vehicles as vice-president in 1999.

“If Atiku has some modicum of honour, he ought to have stepped down from the presidential race that he is bound to lose again,’’ Onanuga stated.

This, he added, was especially because of the release of his audio clip where he “provided a vivid explanation into the modus operandi of his legendary corruption’’.

Onanuga noted that so far, there had been no notable response from Atiku’s camp about the disturbing revelation, except for a futile attempt to disown the whistle-blower, Michael Achimugu, an erstwhile media consultant to Atiku.

The APC PCC Director of Media and Publicity noted also that Nigerians were appalled that Atiku and the PDP merely shrugged off the bombshell.

He implored Nigerians to hold Atiku to account over the shocking revelation by rejecting him at the polls in February.

“Atiku is also not talking about his health status even when his hirelings daily make futile attempts to divert public attention to his main rival by cooking up lies upon lies.

“Whereas Atiku is the candidate that Nigerians should be sorely worried about, the lies of several years and the various diversionary tactics are no longer sustainable.

“Atiku’s edifice of lies is about to crash on him; the PDP presidential candidate is certainly not okay, the papering efforts notwithstanding, Onanuga stressed.

He stated that eyebrows were raised when Atiku did not return to Nigeria after the December holidays to continue his campaign for the country’s presidency having left the country since December 21, 2022.

“From the field of electioneering campaign, came a story by an online platform that Atiku was flown to London for treatment from his usual home in Dubai.

“The story has not been vigorously denied. We have it on good authority that Atiku indeed took ill.

“He was indeed in the UK for some medical help though handlers camouflaged that he was there on the invitation of some British officials at Whitehall,’’ Onanuga stated.

He noted that in spite of efforts by Atiku’s handlers to showcase him as healthy and physically fit to endure the rigours of the presidential campaign, pictures from rallies belied the impression.

He stated that campaign pictures sometimes showed Atiku as being helped to descend steps at stadia, adding that sometimes, he walked with apparent handicap, dragging his feet.

Onanuga added that the irrefutable insight into Atiku’s health status was the revelation by his divorced wife, Jennifer Douglas in 2022 that he was admitted to a German hospital for operation, amid their bitter divorce.

“In a viral letter published in February 2022, Jennifer quoted Atiku’s self-admission that he was in Germany for medicals, which explained why he was unable to retrieve his belongings from a Dubai house that Jennifer had taken over.

“A man who wants to rule Nigeria and wants Nigerians to repose some trust in him, must immediately and honestly address these twin issues: his health and his legendary corruption,’’ Onanuga stressed.

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