The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, to apologise to Nigerians for raising false allegations that the party and its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, were planning to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP stated that with the minister assuring the international community that the nation was safe for the inauguration of Buhari, he only exposed that his claims earlier were false.
The main opposition party stated that the claimed that the allegations “have vanished like what they are – phantoms!”
The statement reads in part: “It is indeed lamentable that in its desperation to secure acceptance from Nigerians and confer legitimacy to the outcome of a rigged election, 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 our Presidential candidate 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.”
The PDP stated that all Lai Mohammed wanted to do was to heat up the polity and cow the opposition and democratic voices.
“We also have fears that Alhaji Lai 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,” the PDP added.