“Your Plans To Frame Atiku Will Fail” – PDP Tells Buhari

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The leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said
that alleged plans by President Muhammadu Buhari and the All
Progressives Congress (APC) to frame former Vice President Atiku
Abubakar will fail, The Nation reports

The APC had, in a statement on Tuesday, accused Atiku of committing
felony through his various statements on topical national and
international issues.

In a statement Wednesday by the spokesman for the PDP, Kola
Ologbondiyan, the main opposition party said comments so far made by
Atiku were patriotic and within his constitutional right and freedom of
speech.

According to the party, by being the presidential candidate of the
PDP in the February 23 elections, Atiku and his party command the
followership and solidarity of overwhelming majority of Nigerians.

“As a responsible political party, we boldly state that none of the
statements made by our presidential candidate falls within the realm of a
felony in any way whatsoever.

“However, intelligence available to the PDP largely posits that the
threats against Atiku Abubakar emanated from certain persons around the
Buhari Presidency who are jittery that President Muhammadu Buhari’s
defense is collapsing at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal,
for which they have become desperate to use underhand methods to stop
Atiku Abubakar.

“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that the renewed allegations
against Atiku Abubakar came after a witness told the court, as has been
publicly reported, that the Army never required any enlisted officer to
submit his WAEC certificate, in total contradiction to claims that Mr.
President’s certificates were in the custody of the Army.

“Our party counsels the APC to rather get ready for justice instead
of seeking ways to frame Atiku Abubakar on flimsy and unconstitutional
grounds.

“Moreover, the APC is reminded that while the PDP was in power, it
never gagged the APC and its leaders, including President Buhari, from
exercising their freedom of speech and freedom after the speech, in line
with our laws”, the PDP said.

The party recalled that Buhari issued over 160 statements while he
was in the opposition, including inflammatory remarks like the one that
called on his supporters to take their fate in their own hands.

The PDP added, “It is instructive to note that none of the PDP administrations threatened General Buhari over such comments.

“Furthermore, it is quite disturbing that the APC is attacking Atiku
Abubakar for commending British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, for
appointing 39-year-old Nigerian, Kemi Badenoch, as a minister in his
cabinet.

“Contrary to President Buhari’s projection to the world that Nigerian
youths are lazy and should not be given an active role in governance in
our country, other nations are finding accommodation for our youths.
Atiku Abubakar cannot but commend such world leaders, no matter whose ox is gored.

“It is also instructive to note that the APC has further shown its
disdain for the Nigerian youth as being demonstrated by President
Buhari, whose cabinet has no place for our youths.

“Instead of attacking Atiku Abubakar for standing for our energetic
and focused young men and women, Nigerians expect that APC will accept
its failures and advise President Buhari against total disregard for
young Nigerians.

“Furthermore, the PDP notes the reference by APC to President Buhari
as a ‘sitting’ President. Our party, however, states that what Nigeria
needs at a time like this is a working President, not a President that
sits down while our country becomes the world headquarters of poverty;

not a President that relaxes in an arm-chair while insecurity festers
and our economy continues to nosedive to the extent that Ghana has
overtaken our nation as the number one recipient of Foreign Direct
Investment (FDI) in West Africa.

“This is why the PDP stands with Nigerians in their determination to
retrieve Atiku Abubakar’s stolen mandate at the tribunal and no amount of threats by the APC can detract from this resolve.”

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