Special Assistant on Public Communication to Atiku Abubakar, Mr. Phrank Shaibu, said this in a statement on Monday.
The presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar has reacted to a statement by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila concerning the CBN naira swap policy.
Atiku through his Special Assistant on Public Communication, Mr. Phrank Shaibu on Monday lambasted Gbajabiamila for allegedly using his position as the 4th most senior elected official in the country to play cheap politics.
He advised Gbajabiamila to play decent politics like the Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo.
The statement added, “It is the height of idiocy for the nation’s number four citizen to play cheap politics with a monetary policy introduced by his own party which is in power. Gbajabiamila wishes to become the chief of staff to Tinubu in the event that Tinubu wins so his overzealousness is quite understandable.
“However, his attempt to bring Atiku into this issue shows how mischievous he is. Gbajabiamila summoned the CBN Governor, Godwin Emefiele, last week where they reached an understanding and issued a resolution which the House and the CBN agreed to.
“But because he is already seeing the imminent defeat of his master at the polls, he is now playing dirty politics.
“Nigerians must note that this is a policy being implemented by an APC government. However, the likes of Gbajabaimila are too timid to approach President Buhari to reverse this policy. His aversion for this CBN policy has nothing to do with the masses. It is about the inability of his master to deploy bullion vans on election day.”
Shaibu in the statement described Gbajabiamila as a hypocrite who pretends to be on the side of the masses during crisis but is actually working for his own selfish reasons.
He recalled that during the eight-month strike embarked on by the Academic Staff Union of Universities (ASUU), the House of Representatives Speaker pretended to be on the side of the lecturers only for him to abandon them at sea.
“Gbajabiamila promised the lecturers that they would be paid their arrears. After the lecturers called off their strike, he denied making the statement in the first place. Such a liar should not be believed by the masses.
“When dirty petrol was imported last February, Gbajabiamila set up a committee to investigate it. Till date he has done nothing about it. The fuel scarcity has continued to linger for over eight months but he remains mute.
“This is the same man who scuttled the ongoing probe of the Niger Delta Development Commission (NDDC) at the House of Representatives for selfish reasons.”
Shaibu said with defeat staring the APC in the face, the ultimate aim of Gbajabiamila and his ilk is to ensure that the election is postponed.
“This coming week the APC will sponsor protests and riots in strategic parts of the country all in a bid to force the hand of the President to reverse this policy. The EFCC and the ICPC must continue to raid banks and arrest bank workers for hoarding the new notes. The notes must be made available to honest Nigerians.
“However, huge volumes of the new notes must not get into the hands of unscrupulous politicians who plan on using bullion vans to distribute money on election day. The desperate APC must not be allowed to steal this election,” he said.