Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at the gym

Lanre Babalola

Former vice president Atiku Abubakar and a presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the Buhari presidency of trivialising governance by asking Nigerians to vote for President Muhammadu Buhari for a second term next year because he did 800m trekking.

President Buhari on Tuesday shunned protocol and opted to trek some 800 metres, from the Eid-el-kabir praying ground in his hometown Daura to his residence.

The Presidency said Buhari demonstrated his fitness to run for a second term by trekking 800 metres from the Eid praying ground in Daura to his private residence.

But Atiku on Wednesday reacted to the statement in a tweet, saying: ”I regularly jog more than a mile & 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.”