The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government of plotting to set up its presidential candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
The opposition party in a statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said that the APC and the presidency were fabricating lies against Atiku.
PDP however noted that no amount of fabrications, set up and open threats by the APC-led FG would stop Atiku from reclaiming his mandate.
The statement came following a press briefing by the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, and the Mr. Garba Shehu, President Muhammadu Buhari’s aide.
“The party notes that a series of orchestration against Atiku and the PDP by agents of the Federal Government, officials of the Presidency and the Buhari Media Organisation expose a well-coordinated plot, which includes a resort to unfounded claims of links with a foreign lobby group, to attempt to frame Atiku, cause tension and ultimately derail the recovery of the stolen mandate at the presidential election petitions tribunal.
“Such orchestration is also targeted at instilling fear, causing apprehension in the citizenry and creating opening to further suppress genuine public opinion and the course of justice in the quest by Atiku Abubakar and the PDP to restore the will of the people.”
“Part of the motive is to use lies, fabrications, threats and sponsoring of Atiku campaign posters to portray Atiku Abubakar and the PDP as being desperate and ready to subvert the rules in the pursuit of our mandate; and by so doing discredit our candidate in the eyes of the judiciary and the public in general.
“This explains why the agents of the APC-led government fabricated and pushed into the public space, bogus and laughable claims that Atiku Abubakar paid $30,000 to a US lobby group to assist in the quest to reclaim our mandate only for the Federal Government and the Presidency to turn around to feast on the fabrications with threats against Atiku Abubakar.”
Ologbondiyan further called on Nigerians to take note of Lauretta Onochie’s threat to jail Atiku, as she said he was lucky to be walking free.