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'I Will Work, I Won't Walk' — Atiku Aims Sly Dig At Buhari Over 800m Walk

"I regularly jog more than a mile and exercise, but it will be pedestrian of me to ask Nigerians to vote for me because of that," Atiku said. I want my party, the PDP, and Nigerians to vote for me because I WORK not because I WALK. I will work to create jobs. I won’t walk to create an illusion."

Atiku Abubakar, former Vice-President and presidential aspirant under the umbrella of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said it would be pedestrian to ask for votes based on his exercise routine.

He stated this in a message via his Twitter handle, @atiku, on Wednesday, noting that even though he jogged regularly, he couldn't ask Nigerians to vote for him for doing that.

Although not directly expressed, his message may have been a response to reports that President Muhammadu Buhari trekked a distance of 800 metres from the Eid praying ground to his residence in Daura on Tuesday.

A statement by Garba Shehu, President Buhari's Senior Special Assistant on Media and Publicity, on the significance of the trek noted that “I think the President has done one thing today — that the issue is not how old one is but how fit he is; how healthy he is. Now that the President has proven his fitness and well-being, to continue in office is a settled matter."

However, for Atiku, he would prefer to get votes for "working" not for "walking".

The tweet read: "I regularly jog more than a mile and exercise, but it will be pedestrian of me to ask Nigerians to vote for me because of that. I want my party, the PDP, and Nigerians — to vote for me because I WORK not because I WALK. I will work to create jobs. I won’t walk to create an illusion."