The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, to apologize to Nigerians for allegedly misleading the nation and heating up the polity with unfounded security breach allegations against the PDP and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The opposition party in a statement released in Abuja by Kola Ologbondiyan, it’s National Publicity Secretary said that the statement made by Mohammed that Nigeria remains safe for the Presidential inauguration has further exposed the fact that he, acting for the Federal Government, by allegedly conjuring claims to create the impression that the PDP and Abubakar had set security breaches against the Presidential inauguration.
Pointing that the allegations have vanished like phantoms is indeed lamentable in the federal government’s desperation to secure acceptance from Nigerians and confer legitimacy to the outcome of the election which it described as rigged election, the PDP alleged that the Buhari administration would manufacture and purvey fake news to the public, only for Nigerians to learn from the same Minister of Information and Culture, that his earlier claims against the PDP and Abubakar were not based on any concrete evidence but, according to him, on having “no reasons to doubt” claims by other individuals.
“Moreover, the minister’s claims that he relied on certain alarms fell flat as no agency in the country had ever accused the PDP, as a political party, or our Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, of “doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari Administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable” as claimed by Lai Mohammed.
“It is now clear that the whole essence of the misleading allegation was to heat up the system, attempt to cow democratic voices, divert public discourse from the rigging of the Presidential election and scare the PDP and our Presidential candidate from pursuing our stolen Presidential mandate at the court.”
The PDP also expressed fear that Mohammed could have made those wild claims in a bid to pave the way to frame, harass, arrest and detain some opposition figures on trump-up charges.
“Such antics have failed as Nigerians have seen through them and are resolute, behind Atiku Abubakar, in the determination to retrieve his mandate in the court, and no form of blackmail and intimidation will detract from that resolve.
“By his fabricated claims, the Information Minister only succeeded in further demarketing our dear nation in the international arena, causing more damage to investors’ confidence in our system and exposing this administration as a purveyor of fake news.
“The PDP, therefore, invites Alhaji Lai Mohammed to apologize to the nation and desist from such acts of incitement.”