April 11, 2019

Press Statement

Was The Presidential Election Free, Fair & Credible?

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The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) says no amount of fabrications, attempt at set-up as well as
veiled and open threats by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led
Federal Government can stop the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar from
reclaiming his mandate at the tribunal.

The PDP also rejects in its entirety, the declaration by the Buhari
Presidency that Atiku Abubakar is “lucky to be walking free”, noting
that such is inciting and brings to the fore the unwholesome intention
of the APC-led administration against Atiku Abubakar for seeking to
retrieve his stolen mandate at the court.

The party notes that the series of orchestrations against Atiku Abubakar
and the PDP by agents of the Federal Government, officials of the
Presidency and the Buhari Media Organization (BMO) expose a
well-coordinated plot, which includes a resort to unfounded claims of
links with a foreign lobby group, to attempt to frame Atiku Abubakar,
cause tension and ultimately derail the recovery of the stolen mandate
at the Presidential election tribunal.

Such orchestration are also targeted at instilling fear, cause
apprehension in the citizenry and create opening to further suppress
genuine public opinion and the course of justice in the quest by Atiku
Abubakar and the PDP to restore the will of the people.

Part of the motive is to use lies, fabrications, threats and sponsoring
of Atiku campaign posters to portray Atiku Abubakar and the PDP as being
desperate and ready to subvert the rules in the pursuit of our mandate;
and by so doing discredit our candidate in the eyes of the judiciary and
the public in general.

This explains why agents of the APC-led government fabricated and pushed
into the public space, bogus and laughable claims that Atiku Abubakar
paid $30,000 to a US lobby group to assist in the quest to reclaim our
mandate only for the Federal Government and the Presidency to turn
around to feast on the fabrications with threats against Atiku Abubakar.

The PDP calls on Nigerians to take copious note of threats by the
Presidency through the Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari
on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, to jail Atiku Abubakar based on
trumped up allegations, while describing him as “one who is lucky to be
walking free”.

Nigerians now know who to hold responsible should any harm come to Atiku
Abubakar, his family or any member of the PDP Presidential Campaign
Organization (PPCO) in the course of the pursuit of the mandate at the
tribunal.

Moreover, it is instructive to state that the PDP and Atiku Abubakar do
not need any foreign lobby group to prove our case before the tribunal
as Nigerians themselves have been at the forefront of this pursuit,
especially with our overwhelming evidence before the court.

The PDP therefore cautions the APC-led Federal Government to allow the
tribunal to judiciously carry out its responsibilities without let or
hindrance as well as stop their unrelenting plots to overheat the system
and derail the course of justice as such will all come to naught.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary