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Atiku Condemns The Economist’s Endorsement of Buhari
Atiku Says PDP Will Defeat APC in 2019 Presidential Election.
The Economist, a London Magazine had predicted that the All Progressive Congress (APC) Presidential aspirant will emerge as winner in the 2109 presidential elections.
In a statement by his special assistant on public communication, Phrank Shaibu, Atiku described the report as scandalous.
“A poorly-executed hatchet job, the prediction by The Economist of London, in which the magazine put on the garb of a partisan and made no pretenses to professionalism while predicting that President Muhammadu Buhari will win next year’s poll.”
Legit.ng reports that a statement from the PDP candidate sent to them on Monday, December 3, said: “with the tacit endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term, in its current edition, the erstwhile influential news magazine has hit a new low by throwing all pretenses to the wind to take up the job of presidential spokespersons.”
“It is common knowledge that The Economist’s fortunes have taken a nosedive in recent months with its flip- flop on issues especially as it pertains the upcoming presidential election in Nigeria. But the magazine hit a new low in its current edition, ‘The World in 2019,’ where it made projections of issues and events that will shape the year 2019 across many countries including Nigeria.
“Even if the All Progressives Congress (APC) or President Muhammadu Buhari’s spokespersons had written that story, it could not have been so recklessly partisan, so undisguisedly biased and so devoid of any shred of professionalism.
“The so-called story which says, ‘the president, Muhammadu Buhari, will win re-election in February, as a new
opposition coalition may collapse before the vote’ fails to meet the attributes of objectivity, balance and fairness. “It was scandalous that the magazine went ahead to predict a victory for the APC candidate even when it said a Buhari’s second coming portends disaster for Nigeria.
“It was sad that The Economist went on to endorse a failed president even when it admitted that ‘a Buhari’s second term would mean continuing political weakness, little prospect of progress in the fight against Islamist insurgency in the north, nationalism in the oil producing Delta and secessionism in Biafra.
“It was equally strange that the same magazine whose Intelligence Unit predicted that PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar, will lead the new government come 2019 has now made a u-turn to endorse President Buhari even when his performance in office is now at all time low.
“The PDP presidential candidate was aware that when fake news materials are planted in big news outlets, they often help to lay the groundwork for rigging in elections,” Shaibu said.
According to Atiku, the PDP will defeat Buhari, despite the endorsement of the London Magazine.
He added that on May 29, 2019 when Alhaji Atiku Abubakar is sworn in as the president, The Economist will have to look elsewhere for patronage because there will be no more room for cash and carry forecasts, and fully-paid for endorsements.