The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has told President Muhammadu Buhari and his governing All Progressive Congress (APC) to refrain from looking for a scapegoat in former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and rather, concentrate on tackling the problems the administration has brought on the nation.
The main opposition party, in a reaction to APC’s accusations, which it described as “yet another pitiable and disgraceful press statement by the discomfited All Progressives Congress (APC) wherein it once again resorted to fabrications, insults and attempts to invent allegations against the peoples’ candidate, Atiku Abubakar,” said Buhari and the APC should “leave Atiku Abubakar alone and face their self-inflicted resentment from Nigerians by answering for their misrule for which compatriots have now become agitated on all fronts.”
In a statement issued in Abuja on Friday by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, the PDP said: “it is despicable that the Buhari Presidency and the APC have not yet realized that Nigerians are aware that since their defence fell apart at the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal, they have
become nervous and desperate to invent any means to frame and drag down Atiku Abubakar; a plot that has already failed.
“It is indeed not surprising that the APC, in its desperation, is now playing the opposition, which is a role fitting of it, being that it does not have the mandate of the people; the very reason it cannot command the respect, loyalty and support of the citizens in the midst of its misrule.”
The PDP maintained that Atiku, as a leader of choice, has never faltered in displaying the highest sense of patriotism, restrain and decorum in his positions on national issues and, standing with overwhelming majority of Nigerians, “cannot be intimidated or distracted from pursuing the retrieval of his stolen Presidential mandate at the tribunal.”
The opposition further stated: “Instead of fixating on Atiku, the APC should help the Commander-in-Chief to provide answers for escalated insecurity in our country under his watch; with insurgents, marauders, bandits and kidnappers holding our nation hostage and turning her into a killing field and large funeral parlour in the last four years.
“Furthermore, the APC should rather be helping President Buhari to answer Nigerians on how his administration wrecked our once robust economy,
entrenched corruption, frittered trillions of naira, turned our nation into world poverty capital and foisted joblessness, acute hunger and starvation; human right abuses and downright impunity, which have spurred resentment to the extent that Nigerians are now desperate to
take their destinies in the hands with many resorting to suicide and slavery missions abroad.
“Moreover, the APC should look inwards, do some soul searching and face the miseries it sired instead of seeking a scapegoat where there is none.
“Let it therefore be known to the APC and the Buhari Presidency that the PDP and Nigerians stand with Atiku Abubakar in the collective national determination to retrieve our stolen presidential mandate at the court and we are confident that justice for the people will prevail at the end of the day.”