FORMER Minister of Education, Obiageli Ezekwesili, has described President Muhammadu Buhari and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar as one and the same, calling them “siamese twins of failure and destruction”.
Ezekwesili, who is also running for the post of the President in the 2019 general election on the platform of the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN), said this on Monday during an event in Lagos where she unveiled her plans for the presidential contest.
“For those of you considering the PDP as an alternative, I really want to ask you: what is the thing that you see about them that is any different from the APC. Really? These people are the same: Siamese Twins of Failure,” Ezekwesili said.
“Fellow Nigerians, here is the truth of the matter: the APCPDP is not two parties. The APCPDP is one single party fielding one single candidate, and that candidate’s name is BuTiku. Yes, you heard me right – BuTiku.
“Buhari and Atiku are conjoined from head to toe as BuTiku. There is no lesser evil in BuTiku. BuTiku are members of the same party.
“Attempting to choose between these two is like asking one to choose between death by poison or death by gunshot. God forbid.
“We cannot reject one oppressor and hand over to another oppressor. We do not love bondage. We do not enjoy suffering. God in heaven forbid.
“The candidate of the PDP has over the past 14 years gone from PDP to AC, AC to PDP, PDP to APC and now back to PDP. These people are brothers and sisters of iniquity and impoverishment, merchants of failure and disappointment. Don’t believe that 419!
“They are both part of a political ruling class that has held us bound, manipulated and diminished us for decades. Now they are auditioning to extend their streak of failure for another four years? God really forbid!
“The real opponent that the Nigerian people have in 2019 is this old political order that takes and takes and takes, and never replenishes anything.”
Ezekwesili also criticised what she described as the Buhari administration’s so-called anti-corruption campaign, insisting that the administration is corrupt and so cannot claim to be fighting corruption.
“This president talks about fighting grand corruption. Please, please, give me a break! Can corruption fight corruption? Does he think we cannot see? A president that looks the other way while his friends and cronies suffocate and strangle our country?” Ezekwesili said.
“There is no shadow of doubt: President Buhari is the most parochial, most nepotistic and most partisan president that Nigeria has ever seen.”
On why Nigerians should vote for her come 2019, Ezekwesili said it is because she is “one of the very small tribes of Nigerians who have served in government but who have no allegation of corruption against them. I don’t mean court case o. I mean allegation. Zero. None. Not one”.