The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blasted the All Progressives Congress (APC) for claiming that Atiku Abubakar, the PDP presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, is a Cameroonian, describing it as a “diversionary tactic.”
The PDP said this in a statement issued by kola Ologbondiyna, its National Publicity Secretary on Sunday.
The APC in its reply to the presidential election petition tribunal against the petition brought by the PDP and Atiku urged the tribunal to dismiss the PDP presidential candidate’s case, saying that he is not a Nigerian.
But according to the opposition party, the claim by the ruling APC is their plan to distract Nigerians from unravelling their criminal rigging of the 2019 presidential election.
The PDP claimed that the persons who are accusing Atiku of not being a Nigerian also have their ancestry as well as citizenship status heavily in dispute.
The statement read: “This disingenuous claim is also a woeful design by the APC to overburden, distract and bog down the Presidential election petition tribunal with trivialities, lies and falsehood, so as to derail the course of justice.
“Such diversionary tactic has however only helped in further exposing the fact that the APC has no answers to the plethora of overwhelming evidence before the tribunal that the election was won by Atiku Abubakar and the PDP.
“Whereas Atiku Abubakar’s citizenship by birth, even under our constitution, cannot be contested, it is indeed the biggest irony of the year, that Atiku’s citizenship is being disputed by individuals whose ancestry has always been a subject of debate.
“These individuals include those who, being not sure of their origins; have no love for Nigeria and even refused to be on the side of our nation at the 1985 summit of the defunct Organization of Africa Unity (OAU) in Addis Ababa.”
The PDP noted that the claims by the APC allegedly connotes why the present Federal Government remained insensitive to the challenge of insurgency, general insecurity and economic travails of Nigerians in the North East, particularly in Adamawa, Yobe, Borno and Taraba states.