PDP, Atiku Sabotaging Buhari’s Govt – Lai Mohammed

Alhaji Lai Mohammed
The Federal Government has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its Presidential candidate in the February 23 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of trying to sabotage President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
FG also said Atiku Abubakar has joined forces with anti democratic forces and making inflammatory statements.
It therefore warned that unless they retrace their steps, from making inflammatory statements and such others actions that tend to overheat the polity, they may sooner than later overreach themselves.
Information and Culture Minister Lai Mohammed made this declaration on Wednesday at a press conference held at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
According to the minister, the Federal Government is also worried by what he described as an attack on the judiciary by the PDP as well as the emergence of a faceless group calling for the overthrow of Buhari’s government.
The text of the press conference titlled “PDP’s Brand of Opposition Politics Poses Great Threat to Nigeria’s Democracy” reads:
“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.
“Either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and its presidential candidate 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.
“For those who may be quick to accuse the government of crying wolf, the pre-election statement credited to the former Vice President, that unless Nigerians vote out the APC Administration, killings by herdsmen will continue and ultimately spark a series of ethno-religious crises
that will be irreversible, is looking more like a Freudian slip than anything else.
“Also, in recent times, the PDP has taken 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 a 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.
“We want to urge the main opposition party to stop beating the drums of war concentrate on the legal challenge by its candidate against the election of President Buhari if indeed they have any faith in the country’s judiciary, and desist from unnecessarily overheating the polity.”


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