In allegation that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, plans to ‘eliminate’ Muhammadu Buhari, a presidential candidate, has been made by his party, the All Progressives Congress, APC. The APC held up as evidence of the purported plot the wrap-around front-page advertisements placed in two national dailies by Ayodele Fayose, the governor of Ekiti State.
In its statement signed by Garba Shehu, director of media of the Buhari campaign council, on Monday, the party’s presidential campaign council elaborated that the plan was to execute Buhari ahead of the 14 February presidential poll.
To unravel the plot, the party wants “an international inquiry into the plot ... because of the danger it poses to Nigeria’s unity and democracy and by extension the stability of the West African sub-region.”
The statement deplored the insinuation that Buhari “should or may die” before the poll, describing it as not only “morbid and fatalistic, but drips of desperation and represents the pinnacle of political paranoia on the part of the incumbent government”.
It added that the government “has run out of favour with the populace after nearly six years of lacklustre performance”
Fayose in the said advertisements, titled “Life and Death and Enough of State Burials...”, featured pictures of deceased former military heads of state, Murtala Mohammed, Sanni Abacha, and former democratic president, Shehu Yar’Adua, and Muhammadu Buhari, which has a wide question mark on it.
The APC said the advert was “nothing but death plan by the government in power to scuttle the results of the election and prevent the APC from taking over the mantle of leadership of the country.”