The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has distanced itself from the alleged plot to derail and frustrate the inauguration of President Muhammadu Buhari on May 29.
Naija Buzz had reportedly how the Nigerian Army had in a statement on Saturday warned that some unpatriotic Nigerians were collaborating with some foreign powers to frustrate Nigeria’s democracy.
“The army has noted with great concern the efforts by some unpatriotic individuals, groups and foreign interest determined to make mischief and exacerbate the security situation in this country in particular and the West African sub-region in general.”
“Some of these mischievous elements thought that we would not have a safe and successful general elections but were proved wrong, hence they want to derail the scheduled handing over later this month and to scuttle the democratic process in the country,” the army spokesperson, Col. Sagir Musa, said.
PDP responds to Nigerian Army allegations
The PDP in its response to the warning issued by the Army said that it was not involved in any alleged plan to disrupt the May 29 handover.
Prince Uche Secondus, the Chairman of the PDP, noted that the main opposition should not be counted among any group with such agenda. He added that the PDP was behind the enthronement of democratic rule in Nigeria since 1999.
He noted that the PDP would not support any individual or party that “does anything outside the constitution to seek redress on any issue.”
According to the PDP Chairman, its mandate was stolen, but as law-abiding party, it would allow the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal to rule on the matter.
“Allegations are being made here and there without any concrete evidence. If there are people making efforts at derailing the democratic institution in the country, we can never be part of it.
“The PDP built the democratic institution that the All Progressives Congress is enjoying today. We are democratic in nature and in name.
“We know that our mandate was stolen by the APC in connivance with the Independent National Electoral Commission. We are law-abiding and that is why we are already in court to retrieve our stolen mandate.
“We know that the Nigerian people are with us and are going to celebrate soon when we get our mandate. So, tell them that we are not part of any group of individuals or institutions that may be working to achieve what the army claimed.”