The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned former Vice President Atiku Abubakar to stop acting as the president of Nigeria.
Naija News reports that the Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2019 general election has constantly released statements to newsmen over topical issues in the country.
This obviously has not gone down well with the APC who in a statement on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, warned that Atiku might be committing an offence which is tantamount to a felony.
The ruling party noted that some statement by Atiku Abubakar is constitutionally reserved for the duly elected head of government or his designees.
The statement reads in part: “As a party, we would have thought that Alh. Atiku who in the past occupied such high office as the country’s vice president would clearly understand the workings of government, particularly as it bothers on national security, foreign policy and our international engagement.
“We have noted Alh. Atiku’s incessant habits of releasing statements on public issues as if he were an alternative President of this country and with a clear intention to undermine President Muhammadu Buhari and the APC-led government.
“In recent times, Alh. Atiku has demonstrated lack of regard for the sovereignty of the office of the President and Nigerian government through condescending statements. He has made several of such statements regarding the activities of the Nigerian military, issues of national security, and international relations.
“We reiterate that Alh. Atiku has lost the 2019 presidential election and it would be unhelpful to him to continue to make a mockery of our country. We expect Alh. Atiku to quickly address himself to the stark reality of his loss and move on.
“Our laws are clear on all acts of criminalities, in this case, a clear case of felony. Nigerians expect that the enforcement of relevant laws should apply to every Nigerian, irrespective of class and status. This government would not be found wanting where it is required to take decisive actions.”
“There can only be one democratically elected and legitimate government at a time in this country. That clearly is the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
“It is important to remind Alh. Atiku that issues of national security, foreign policy and international engagements are not matters to be exploited to achieve mischievous political ends,” the APC added.