Prove your allegations’ PDP tells Lai Mohammed
By Demola Akinyemi
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, says the Federal Government has credible evidence that the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and it’s a presidential candidate in the 2019 elections, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, are doing everything possible to sabotage the current administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria ungovernable.
But in a swift reaction, the former Vice President and Presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, challenged the Information Minister to come up with evidence if has any, to back his claim that he (Atiku) and the PDP were planning to destabilise the government of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The party also urged the Minister to stop playing to the gallery and instead, face the challenge of speaking for a government that has “failed to deliver on the promises it made to the people four years ago.”
‘We have credible evidence’
Mohammed spoke yesterday in his Oro country home in Irepodun local government area of Kwara State during the annual twelfth Ramadan lecture.
“Our interventions are based on credible evidence, and no government with the kind of evidence that we have, of plans to subvert the power of the state, attack the nation’s economic live wire and generally unleash mayhem on the polity, will keep quiet”, he said.
“The security agencies are all alert to their responsibilities and will not sit by and allow anyone to reverse the gains of our democracy under any guise.
“Since our intervention, pseudo and partisan analysts have teamed up with the spokesmen for the main opposition party and its presidential candidate to either exhibit their ignorance or to engage in red herring and name-calling. We are neither distracted nor dissuaded.”
Recalling that government had, last week, raised the alarm that either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and it’s presidential candidate were doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable”, Mohammed said: “Of course you are aware of similar alarms that have been raised by the police, the military and the DSS”.
The Minister seized the opportunity of the ongoing Ramadan to call on Nigerians across religious divides to pray for peace and unity of the country.
Back your allegations with evidence – Atiku, PDP
Media adviser to the former Vice President, Mr. Paul Ibe said Nigerians must learn not to take the Information Minister serious anymore. In his words, “the man has run out of smart arguments and what he does these days is to make allegations he cannot substantiate.”
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, chided the minister for what he called an attempt to play to the gallery while dodging “issues pertaining to poor governance and maladministration, his party is famous for.”
According to the publicity scribe, “Nigerians are tired of a man who keeps running away from the real issues at hand. If the minister has evidence to substantiate what he has been saying, he knows what to do.”
Continuing, Ologbindiyan added that “The federal government has no answers to the numerous challenges facing the nation. Nigerians are daily dying of hardship and all their spokesman can say today is to look for people and party to scapegoat for their failure.
“The PDP is determined to retrieve its stolen mandate at the tribunal and no amount of lies can distract us from realizing this objective.”