By Ali Abare
It’s obvious that the opposition political parties in the country are bereft of issues to address in their bids to challenge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 general elections.
These parties are left to chase shadows and clutch at straws as they apparently lack the grit to confront the APC. These parties and their sympathizers are left with no option than to fall over themselves in their morbid haste to interpret every action and move by the ruling party.
For lacking in what to say, these parties have perfected the uncanny ability to give meanings that often times borders on deliberate falsehood to try to whittle down the popularity and acceptability of the APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
Aware of their deficiency and outright rejection, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Labour Party (LP), compete with each other in propagating falsehood which they seek to ascribe to the APC, in the vain hope that such would influence the outcome of the presidential election in their favour.
Recently, a section of the media went agog with the concocted story of a United States drug case involving the APC presidential candidate. The National Broadcasting Commission (NBC), has since sanctioned the purveyors of such arrant falsehood, who are but the choir boys of opposition politicians who are desperate in their bid to stop a moving train.
It’s ludicrous and pathetic the level of desperation being exhibited by politicians and political parties that Nigerians have totally rejected. Each time these parties rebel against their rejection by the electorate, they latch unto habitual falsehood in seeming attempt to change the course of history.
Shortly after the resoundingly successful flagging off of the APC presidential campaign in Jos, which further buttress the popularity and acceptability of Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, PDP and LP apologists in their dizzying stupeficiation, resorted to turning facts upside down just to shore up their dwindling credibility and certain fate in the coming general elections.
It’s unbelievable that apologists of opposition political parties like Dr. Ahmed Adamu, who in his piece, “Tinubu’s Shame in Jos”, could go to any length in their failed bid to demarket a readily marketable candidate like Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
Scared by the massive turnout at the Jos event, with the venue specifically chosen to douse many of the oppositions orchestrated falsehoods alleging that Buhari’s popularity has waned, as well as religious persecution with the same faith ticket of the ruling party, apologists of the PDP and even LP like Dr. Adamu, are resorting to fabricating illusionary meanings and distortions.
One key achievements of the APC rally in Jos, was to dismiss insinuations fueled by Dr. Adamu and his ilks, that the APC presidential candidate is not enjoying support from mostly the North Central states, especially from Plateau State. The mammoth crowd that turned up for the rally, is sending the signals to the opposition that, come May 29, 2023, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, will be sworn in as successor to President Buhari.
Dr. Adamu’s write-up demonstrated the hopelessness of the opposition similar to a die-hard LP apologists, who on witnessing the pulsating crowd thronging passed Tafawa Balewa Street in Jos, leading to the venue of the rally, tried to console himself by saying, “Any indigene of Plateau State that you see here, they are here only to observe the event.”
What did Dr. Adamu intends to achieve by turning facts upside down when he averred that President Muhammadu Buhari refused to speak at the Jos rally? Not only that, the writer in his anguish, went further to say that, because President Buhari did not speak at the rally, it means the President does not trust and supports Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu to succeed him.
This claim is not only false, farfetched but a complete exhibition of the writer’s privatication towards absurd fallacy, in his failed attempt to misinform the gullible. President Muhammadu Buhari not only spoke at the rally, he reiterated his support for the APC presidential candidate.
Buhari was the person that spoke last at the event and the President was categorical in his support for Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
“I cannot say anything out of context, in the sense that the party has taken a decision, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu is going to represent us in the next year election. We only came here to do the normal thing, to show our full support for him. And we are going to campaign for him throughout this country,” the President stated.
Dr. Adamu chose to ignore President Buhari’s speech out of morbid fear, as is common among members of the opposition who continue to watch as their antics and evil machinations against the APC and its presidential candidate, continue to crash like a pack of cards.
One can testify to the despondency of the opposition by the swiftness with which Dr. Adamu in his article, switched from the event in Jos, to another fruitless journey of impugning mental deficiency on the person of Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
Certainly, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu was excited by the crowd in Jos. He has only taken a swipe at the opposition, calling on the people to ensure they did away with geckos and termites, PDP and LP. When it was his turn to pray for the ruling party, it was human for him to have a slip of tongue, a minor mistake in speech for which the opposition would readily ascribe to a mental deficiency.
Indeed, the APC is used to the antics of the opposition, who aware that Nigerians are not ready and willing to return the country into the hands of those that supretended over the pillaging of the resources of the country during the 16 years under the PDP, resort to all manner of campaign, not focusing on issues but picking on individuals. They did the same in 2015, attacking the person of President Muhammadu Buhari. Their escapades then didn’t stop Buhari from getting elected and reelected. It will not hinder Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu from being elected as president of Africa’s most populous black nation come 2023.
Nigerians are united in their collective support for Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, who has demonstrated uncommon leadership through the years and whose progressive credentials stood tall for everyone to see, including naysayers like Dr. Adamu.
The call by Dr. Adamu for Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu to resign because of his age and health status, is therefore nothing more than an attempt to cut corners and the height of despair by an opposition destined to failure, that have clearly, vividly seen the handwriting on the wall.
Certainly, the event in Jos, instead of the sham Dr. Adamu sought to propagate, has further served to show that, indeed, Nigerians support and identify with the APC, President Buhari and the presidential candidate of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
Abare is the Chairman, APC Top To Bottom Media Suppport Group. He writes from Lafia, Nasarawa State.