The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has reacted to claims by Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, that Atiku Abubakar is plotting to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reports have it that Lai Mohammed, while speaking at the 2019 edition of the Annual Ramadan Lecture held at Oro, Kwara State, stated that Atiku and the PDP were working to make Nigeria ungovernable with the intention of overthrowing President Buhari.
Reacting to the claims, PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan stated that it was a sign of desperation by the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC.
Read statement below.
“To say the least, despicable that in their desperation to hold on to power at all costs, President Buhari’s handlers and the APC engaged in this sneaky disinformation, internet lies and smear campaigns against PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
“It is also unpardonable that instead of owning up, the Federal Government and the APC, through the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, are seeking to cover their tracks and divert public attention from their devious acts by making unsubstantiated security
“The Facebook revelation exposes how President Buhari, in his claimed integrity, allowed the enlisting of criminals, hackers and internet fraudsters in the desperate attempt to manipulate the views of Nigerians against Atiku Abubakar; a scheme which failed as Nigerians had already made up their minds to do away with the incompetent, deceptive, vindictive and corrupt APC administration.
“Our party has information of how the APC had to resort to crude manipulation of the electoral process to muscle votes and alter election results after it failed in the smear campaign project.
“The APC has now commenced a renewed plot to engage in fabricated security accusations against the PDP and our Presidential candidate in another desperate stunt to play the victim and divert attention from its endless election manipulations, all in the ill-fated attempt to demonize the PDP, hoodwink Nigerians and confer legitimacy on the outcome of the rigged election.”