The Federal Government has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its candidate in the 2019 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, are “doing everything possible to sabotage” the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Lai Mohammed, Minister of Information and Culture, expressed government’s claim while speaking with journalists at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Wednesday.
According to the minister, the brand of politics practised by both Atiku and the PDP is “unpatriotic”, adding that it could have a harmful effect on the country.
Mohammed lamented that no presidential candidate or opposition party was so “desperate” to overheat the country’s polity like Atiku and the PDP, noting that their utterances are proof of the government’s complaint.
He said: “The Federal Government has strongly decried the increasingly unpatriotic and desperate opposition politics being played by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, warning that such dead-end opposition could be toxic for the nation’s democracy, if left unchecked.
“Never in the history of politics in Nigeria has an opposition party and its presidential candidate exhibited the kind of desperate tactics being deployed by the duo, especially since Buhari overwhelmingly defeated Atiku to win the 2019 presidential election.
“Either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and its presidential candidate are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable, especially through their public utterances and their poorly-thought-out press releases before and after the 2019 general elections. Unless they quickly retrace their steps, they may, sooner than later, over-reach themselves.
“For those who may be quick to accuse the government of crying wolf, the pre-election statement credited to the former Vice-President, that unless Nigerians voted out the APC administration, killings by herdsmen would continue and ultimately spark a series of ethno-religious crises that would be irreversible, was looking more like a Freudian slip than anything else.”
The Federal Government also criticised the PDP for its recent comments on the judiciary, stating that the party was propagating anti-democratic ideals in a democratic setting.
Mohammed said: “Also, in recent times, the PDP has taken its desperation to a new low by attacking the judiciary, an action many see as indicating a reversal of the party’s hitherto self-assured stance that it has a solid case against the President’s election. And either by coincidence or orchestration, a faceless group emerges from nowhere calling for an overthrow of a democratically-elected government, a totally egregious act of treason.
“It beggars belief that a candidate who prides himself as a democrat can so allow desperation to becloud his sense of propriety to such an extent that he will be associating with anti-democratic forces or making inflammatory statements.”