The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of plotting to frame former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
Naija News reports that the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement on Tuesday 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.
Reacting in a statement on Wednesday, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan stated that Atiku’s comments on national issues were within his constitutional right of freedom of speech, not only as a citizen of Nigeria but as a former vice president as well as a leader and presidential candidate.
He said: “Intelligence available to the PDP largely posits that the threats against Atiku emanated from certain persons around the Buhari Presidency who are jittery that President Muhammadu Buhari’s defence is collapsing at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal for which they have become desperate to use underhand methods to stop Atiku.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that the renewed allegations against Atiku Abubakar came after a witness told the court, as has been publicly reported, that the Army never required any enlisted officer to submit his WAEC certificate, in total contradiction to claims that Mr President’s certificates were in the custody of the Army.
“Our party counsels the APC to rather get ready for justice instead of seeking ways to frame up Atiku Abubakar on flimsy and unconstitutional grounds.”
The PDP while stating that the APC was never gagged as an opposition party, noted that President Muhammadu Buhari issued over 160 statements while he was in the opposition.
The party said it was disturbing that the APC was attacking Atiku for commending British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, for appointing 39 years old Nigerian, Kemi Badenoch, as a minister in his cabinet.