APC Campaign Council Reacts As Atiku Suggests Buhari Will Resolve To Violence If He Loses In The Election
The All Progressives Congress (APC) presidential campaign council has alleged that the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, are peddling falsehood, scaremongering and misinformation about President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a related development, the APC Campaign council had warned the United States Envoy against its statement that the Saturday presidential elections will be flawed, noting that it tags the President as planning to rig elections, Naija News reports.
A Statement by the Spokesman of the Campaign Council, Festus Keyamo alleged that Atiku, while speaking in Port-Harcourt, Rivers State on Monday, said that Buhari will call for violence if the APC loses on Saturday when he campaigned in Zamfara State.
He said, “Nothing can be farther from the truth. The Hausa word the President used in Zamfara, which has been taken out of context, is “fitna”. Incidentally, all our Hausa language scholars have said the word means different things: it means distress, trial, affliction or temptation. It can also be used to describe rebellion or uprising.
“In this case, President Buhari was actually weighing in on the joke told very often of recent in the North that due to the rice boom, farmers have embarked on pilgrimage and the marrying of more wives. So, what the President meant was actually a joke deliberately taken out of context: he simply told the crowd to ensure they eat very well because of the rice boom before they can contemplate giving in to those temptations.
“Even in some private meetings with our campaign team, the President has always commented on this joke. Sadly, out of desperation, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has decided to peddle falsehood.
“We urge Alhaji Atiku Abubakar to realize that it is God Almighty that gives power and takes power. He should not use his palpable desperation to return to power (in order to sell Nigeria to his “friends” and to make them rich) to set this nation ablaze by outright falsehood.”
The latter statement was cut out of Atiku’s statement when he said he will make his friends, rich, Naija News reports.
Atiku who was speaking about a month ago, in Lagos state during an event themed, “Getting Nigeria’s Economy Working: A Pragmatic Approach” had said, “I am not going to enrich members of my family but my friends.”