ABUJA —THE Federal Government, yesterday, raised the alarm that the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate in the February 23 election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, were allegedly making desperate efforts to scuttle President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration.
The government also warned PDP and Atiku to quickly retrace their steps or risk an offence of treason against Nigerian government.
Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohmmed, who raised the alarm while briefing State House Correspondents at the Presidential villa, said it was unacceptable for the PDP and its presidential candidate to resort to self help after suffering from election defeat.
He alleged that the opposition party in its public utterances was in a desperate move to make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable.
He recalled some of the statements credited to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar before the 2019 general elections where he allegedly said that unless Nigerians voted out the APC administration, killings by herdsmen will continue and ultimately spark a series of ethno-religious crises that will be irreversible.
Mohammed said: “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.
“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 an extent that he will be associating with anti-democratic forces or making inflammatory statements.”
Accept your self-inflicted woes— PDP
Meanwhile, the PDP, yesterday, urged the APC-led government of President Buhari to take responsibility of providing purposeful governance for the people rather than looking for people to scapegoat for its “self-inflicted woes.”
The party stated this in a reaction to the press conference addressed by Alhaji Lai Mohammed earlier, yesterday.
In a statement signed by the PDP image maker, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party noted that the remarks by the Information Minister gave the administration away as one suffering from frustration even as it accused the federal government of “seeking excuses and scapegoats, instead of accepting its failures and self-inflicted woes.”
The statement continued: “The PDP charges the federal government to stop inventing excuses and making frivolous allegations of treason for its mass failures.”