presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the
Economist Magazine has rendered as lies, “ridiculous claims” made by Lai
Mohammed, minister of information.
The campaign organisation said this in response to a recent endorsement of
Atiku Abubakar by the magazine.
When the research unit of the international business magazine had
predicted in September that PDP would defeat the All Progressives Congress
(APC) in the 2019 presidential election, the minister had said the
prediction was based on fake premises and constituted fake news.
Maintaining its previous stance, the magazine released another report,
alluding to Atiku’s victory over Buhari.
Atiku’s campaign said the latest endorsement is a testament to the
achievements recorded under the watch of the PDP candidate as chairman of
the National Council of Privatisation, when he was deputy of ex-President
The latest endorsement of the presidential candidate of the Peoples
Democratic Party, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, by the Economist
Magazine, puts to lies the recent ridiculous claims made by Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, that the international media is askance of the candidature of
This is the second endorsement in as many months by the world’s number one
economic and policy magazine. An endorsement based on the clarity of
vision and the detailed policies of the PDP’s candidate when compared to
the vague and empty promises of the incumbent All Progressive Congress
administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
As the Economist rightly states, the issues in 2019 are “popular
frustration over the rise in joblessness and poverty (two of the biggest
voter concerns) on Mr. Buhari’s watch, as well as growing insecurity in
No other candidate has the capacity to address these challenges, like
Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, under whose watch as Chairman of the National
Council on Privatisation, Nigeria had her highest growth in job numbers.
Indeed, His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar, is poised to translate the
significant success he has made in his private business empire to the
public sector. This anticipation is responsible for the momentum he now
enjoys in all the six geopolitical zones of Nigeria.
For the past one year, Mr. Abubakar has traversed the length and breadth
of Nigeria, selling his plans, vision and policies to Nigerians.
Unfortunately, rather than do the same, the All Progressive Congress has
focused on negative campaigning by slandering Mr. Abubakar’s past.
We are not surprised by their actions. When a man’s future intimidates
people, they focus on lying about his past because they cannot compete in
the present. However, we thank The Economist for proving that no matter
how far and fast falsehood has traveled, it must eventually be overtaken
For now, we remind Nigerians that Atiku means JOBS. And by providing the
atmosphere for Jobs, Opportunity, Being United (JOBS), Atiku Abubakar is
ready to Get Nigeria Working Again.