The battle to reclaim the ‘stolen mandate’ by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP is far from over. The Former Vice President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar is bent on working his way to clinching the number one position as the alleged plot of the All Progressive Congress, APC, to rubbish Atiku’s efforts have been brought to light.
According to reports, the National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has said that “no attempt to set-up, amount of fabricating or veiled and open threats by opposition party, APC, or the Federal Government will stop Atiku Abubakar from reclaiming his mandate at the tribunal.
In response to the statement made by the presidency that Atiku Abubakar was licky to walking freely, the party said that such a statement is inciting and “brings to the fore the unwholesome intention of the APC-led administration against Atiku Abubakar for seeking to retrieve his stolen mandate at the court.” This followed after the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, said it had filed its response to Atiku’s petition and others.
It was not clear, at press time, if the APC had complied as National Publicity Secretary of the party, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu did not pick his calls. Also, the spokesman for the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said it was aware “that the series of orchestrations against Atiku Abubakar and the PDP by agents of the Federal Government, officials of the Presidency and the Buhari Media Organisation, BMO, expose a well-coordinated plot,
He said the plot includes a resort to unfounded claims of links with a foreign lobby group, to attempt to frame Atiku Abubakar, cause tension and ultimately derail the recovery of the stolen mandate at the Presidential election tribunal.
According to him, it is a clear explanation of why 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 help his reclaim his stolen mandate.
He then called on Nigerians to put in record, the alleged threats by the Presidency through Lauretta Onochie, the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media to send Atiku Abubakar to jail while calling him LUCKY.
He continued saying that if in the course to reclaim his mandate and any harm comes to Atiku Abubakar or his family or the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, PPCO, Nigerians should know who to hold responsible.
He said, “Moreover, it is instructive to state that the PDP and Atiku Abubakar, do not need any foreign lobby group to prove our case before the tribunal as Nigerians themselves have been at the forefront of this pursuit, especially with our overwhelming evidence before the court.
“The PDP, therefore, cautions the APC-led Federal Government to allow the tribunal to judiciously carry out its responsibilities without hindrance as well as stop their unrelenting plots to overheat the system and derail the course of justice as such will come to naught.
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