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Nigerian govt accuses main opposition party of 'planning to scuttle democracy'

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Abuja, Nigeria, May 16 (Infosplusgabon) – The Nigeria government on Wednesday accused the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate in last February's election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, of hobnobbing with faceless groups with the intention to overthrow President Muhammadu Buhari's administration and scuttle Nigeria's democracy.

 

Government Spokesperson and Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, told journalists in Abuja that the PDP and Atiku were desperate for power as they "are doing everything possible to sabotage the President Muhammadu Buhari Administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria ungovernable".

 

But Mr. Abubakar, a former Vice President, described the federal government’s accusation false, labelling the Information Minister as a “liar”.

 

Mr. Abubakar came second in the February presidential election and is currently challenging Buhari’s victory at the election tribunal.

 

On Wednesday, his lawyers asked the President of the Court of Appeal, Mrs Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, to step down as a member of the tribunal because of her relationship with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), as her husband won a senatorial seat on the ticket of the ruling party in the northeast State of Bauchi.

 

On its part, the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr. Kola Ologbodinyan, dismissed the insinuations and asked the federal government to face the task of its poor governance and stop seeking scapegoats.

 

Alhaji Mohammed claimed that the "dead-end opposition" being played by Mr. Abubakar and the PDP “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 of the PDP and its flag-bearer, especially since President Muhammadu Buhari overwhelmingly defeated Atiku to win the 2019 presidential election.”

 

The minister claimed that the PDP and Mr Abubakar were trying to sabotage the federal government.

 

He cited "their public utterances and their poorly thought-out press releases before and after the 2019 general elections, saying unless they quickly retrace their steps, they may, sooner than later, overreach themselves.

 

“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 election of the President.”

 

The PDP presidential candidate stated that “it is not surprising that such a despicable lie is emanating from Mr. Lai Mohammed”, just as President Buhari, as a dictator.

 

Abubakar also accused the President of plotting to implicate the opposition in "phantom plots".

 

 

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