The All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, said Atiku Abubakar should sue the former President Olusegun Obasanjo for defamation of character.
Oshiomhole said it was not enough for the former president to recant on the scathing remarks he had made about the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) presidential candidate at fora and in written documents.
Speaking yesterday at the APC presidential campaign at the Sani Abacha Stadium in Kano, urged Atiku to sue Obasanjo, who had at various times, querying his credibility, for libel.
Oshiomhole insisted that until Atiku was able to redeem his image through a law court, he will remain unfit to seek the support of Nigerians to be president.
He said: “If Obasanjo says that Atiku is corrupt, but because of his hatred against President Buhari, he is ready to forgive Atiku, does that cleanse Atiku from corruption? No!
“The only way Atiku can clean his name is to go to court. If Atiku did not sue Obasanjo for libel, that means everything that was said about him was correct. And if it is correct, then, he is not the right candidate to rule Nigeria.”
“Again, Mr. President, you said you are going to lift 50,000 persons from poverty and you are doing it but they say you are slow, but when Atiku promised to empower seven million people, they have already thrown 14 million people out of their jobs.
“All the textile companies in Sharada and Bompai in Kano, Gaskiya Textile is dead, all the factories in these areas, who killed them? It is PDP, Obasanjo as vice president. How can he now say he is going to give our jobs when presided over Industrial obituaries in Kano, Lagos and every other place in Nigeria.”