The presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, has raised an alarm of an alleged plot by anti-democratic forces to tarnish his reputation.
The former Vice President in a statement signed by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, in Abuja, on Thursday said it was becoming clear that some elements have made themselves available for use against him.
He said the elements are planning to create some upset across the country whereby alleged perpetrators of such crimes will engage in phantom names dropping of Atiku Abubakar and some senior personalities in the PDP.
“Already, we are abreast of some other plans to plant fictitious stories in some mushroom media outlets aimed at discrediting Atiku and his political party, the PDP.
“It, therefore, becomes preponderant that we alert the public of this demonic plan and to say that it will be imprudent to compromise the peace and security of Nigerians in order to score a cheap political goal.
He, therefore, called on the federal government to ensure peace and to desist from actions and utterances that are capable of exposing our fault lines.
“Towards this end, and for the umpteenth time, we call on the Federal Government to be awake to its responsibilities of providing security and ensuring peace and to desist from actions and utterances that are capable of exposing our fault lines.
“It is very unsettling that senior administration officials, especially those who are the mouthpiece of government, will make reckless but calculated comments to tarnish the image of Atiku Abubakar and government will sit idly on it.
“With the conclusion reached by Premium Times’ investigative reporting that there is no evidence to back the claim by Lai Mohammed that the opposition was planning to upstage the government, we demand that the Information Minister should be arrested for raising false alarm and an apology rendered to Atiku Abubakar and PDP.”