The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of desperately trying to invent means to frame and drag down former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.
The PDP was reacting to a statement by the APC, resorting to what the PDP described as “fabrications, insults and attempts to invent allegations” against the former Vice President.
The APC had berated Atiku for backing the aborted #RevolutionNow protest championed by the presidential candidate of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore.
“Predictably, some desperate individuals, sore losers, and their sympathisers are acting in vain trying to pull the wool over the eyes of Nigerians.”
“Of course, the disgruntled presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alh. Atiku Abubakar is expectedly the patron and cheerleader of the unpatriotic elements who would rather bring our country down for being rejected at the polls,” the APC said.
Reacting in a statement on Friday, the spokesperson of the PDP, Kola Ologbodiyan maintained that Atiku Abubakar has never faltered in displaying the highest sense of patriotism, restraint and decorum in his positions on national issues.
He warned that the presidential candidate of the PDP cannot be intimidated or distracted from pursuing the retrieval of his “stolen” presidential mandate at the tribunal.
“It is indeed not surprising that the APC, in its desperation, is now playing opposition, which is a role fitting of it, being that it does not have the mandate of the people; the very reason it cannot command the respect, loyalty and support of the citizens in the midst of its misrule.”
The PDP said: “Instead of fixating on Atiku, the APC should help the Commander-in-Chief to provide answers for escalated insecurity in our country under his watch; with insurgents, marauders, bandits and kidnappers holding our nation hostage and turning her into a killing field and large funeral parlour in the last four years.
“Furthermore, the APC should rather be helping President Buhari to answer Nigerians on how his administration wrecked our once robust economy, entrenched corruption, frittered trillions of naira, turned our nation into world poverty capital and foisted joblessness, acute hunger and starvation; human right abuses and downright impunity, which have spurred resentment to the extent that Nigerians are now desperate to take their destinies in the hands with many resorting to suicide and slavery missions abroad.
“Moreover, the APC should look inwards, do some soul searching and face the miseries it sired instead of seeking a scapegoat where there is none.
“Let it, therefore, be known to the APC and the Buhari Presidency that the PDP and Nigerians stand with Atiku Abubakar in the collective national determination to retrieve our stolen presidential mandate at the court and we are confident that justice for the people will prevail at the end of the day”.