Atiku, PDP Plotting to Scuttle Buhari’s Govt, FG Alleges

FG warns PDP and Atiku to quickly retrace their steps or risk an offence of treason.

Decries increasingly unpatriotic and desperate opposition politics being played by the PDP and Atiku.

Federal Government has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and its Presidential candidate in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar were allegedly making desperate efforts to scuttle President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.

The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed while briefing State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa warned PDP and Atiku to quickly retrace their steps or risk an offence of treason against Nigeria government.

Mohammed pointed that it was unacceptable for the PDP and its Presidential candidate to resort to self-help after suffering from election defeat, adding that the opposition party in its public utterances was in a desperate move to make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable.

He recalled some of the statements credited to Alhaji Atiku before the 2019 general elections where he allegedly said that unless Nigerians voted out the APC administration, killings by herdsmen will continue and ultimately spark a series of ethnoreligious crises that will be irreversible.

“The Federal Government has strongly decried the increasingly unpatriotic and desperate opposition politics being played by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, warning that such dead-end opposition could be toxic for the nation’s democracy if left unchecked.

“Never in the history of politics in Nigeria has an opposition party and its presidential candidate exhibited the kind of desperate tactics being deployed by the duo of the PDP and its flag-bearer, especially since President Muhammadu Buhari overwhelmingly defeated Atiku to win the 2019 presidential election.”

He also alleged that either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and Atiku are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari Administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable, especially through their public utterances and their poorly-thought-out press releases before and after the 2019 general elections.

“Unless they quickly retrace their steps, they may sooner than later, overreach themselves.”

The minister also recalled that recently, the PDP took its desperation to a new low by attacking the judiciary, an action many see as indicating a reversal of the party’s hitherto self-assured stance that it has a solid case against the election of the President.

“And either by coincidence or orchestration, a faceless group emerges from nowhere calling for an overthrow of a democratically-elected government, a totally egregious act of treason.”

“It beggars belief that a candidate who prides himself as a Democrat can so allow desperation to becloud his sense of propriety to such an extent that he will be associating with anti-democratic forces or making inflammatory statements.

“For acclaimed democrats, there are acceptable channels of seeking redress after an election defeat.

“Even President Buhari himself went to court three times to challenge election results. What is not acceptable is to either resort to self-help after an election defeat or to embark on a journey of subterfuge and sabotage while also mounting a legal challenge or pretending to do so.

“Worst still, painting the judiciary bad for whatever reason is anti-democratic and unconscionable,”  Mohammed noted.

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