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Buhari Presidency’s Resort To Lies Against Atiku, A Sign Of Defeat

 

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has noted several comments and

personal attacks by the Minister of Information and National

Orientation, Alhaji Lai Mohammed as well as other officials of the

Buhari Presidency, who have been making deliberate efforts impugn on the

character of our Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.

 

Since the successful conduct of our Presidential primary and the popular

emergence of Atiku Abubakar, the Buhari Presidency and the All

Progressives Congress (APC) have become intimidated; gone into panic

mode and ignobly resorted to trading on rumour and spurious allegations,

having failed in their evil machination to scuttle our Presidential

primary ab initio.

 

The PDP is aware of how the unnerved and intimidated Buhari Presidency

has unleashed its officials, spin doctors and hack writers with billions

of naira, siphoned from our national treasury, to fabricate lies,

spurious allegations and smear campaign against our Presidential

candidate.

 

While it is understandable that President Muhammadu Buhari is

discomfited and afraid to face a popular candidate in any elections due

to his incompetence, for which Nigerians earnestly seek his replacement,

engaging in smear campaign, as a means of survival, is completely

reprehensible and cowardly.

 

President Buhari and the APC, in their desperation, should not attempt

to confuse personal economic prosperity that comes from hardwork, as in

the case of Atiku Abubakar, with corrupt enrichment.  That President

Buhari failed in leading a successful personal economic life does not

mean that others cannot succeed without being corrupt.

 

Furthermore, unlike President Buhari, who has failed in managing both

private and public enterprises; who also confessed his failure to

successfully manage his own farm and has made no personal contribution

to our national development, our Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar,

is internationally known as a hard working, resourceful, versatile and

successful private entrepreneur, a vast employer of labour; an ingenious

citizen, who has made immeasurable contribution to our national

development both in public and private lives.

 

It is therefore a heinous perversion for Lai Mohammed, who has earned

himself a notoriety, to the extent Nigerians now replace his first name,

‘Lai’ with ‘lie’, to attempt to suggest that the choice of Atiku

Abubakar is a return to era of corruption, whereas President Buhari is

internationally reputed to be presiding over the most corrupt

administration in the history of our nation.

 

Lai Mohammed fails to note that Nigerians are aware that, while our

candidate, Atiku Abubakar has never been indicted for corruption or

facing any corruption charge, President Buhari is now overburdened by

indictments and allegations of humongous corruption, for which he has

failed to provide explanations.

 

Since Lai Mohammed is talking about era of corruption, we charge him to

speak up on the leaked memo detailing the stealing of N9 trillion

($25billion dollars) through underhand oil contract at the Nigerian

National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Ministry of Petroleum,

under President Buhari’s direct supervision.

 

Lai Mohammed should speak up on the alleged siphoning of N1.4 trillion

through sleazy oil subsidy regimes and those benefitting from the

alleged N58 hidden tax per liter which Nigerians have continued to bear

since the fuel price increase from N87 to presumably unsubsidized cost

of N145.

 

Lai Mohammed should speak up on why the Buhari Presidency is suppressing

investigation into alleged use of 18 unregistered companies to lift and

divert N1.1 trillion worth of crude oil in 2017 and the President’s

alleged link with the beneficiaries of this fraud.

 

Can Lai Mohammed tell Nigerians how the Buhari era allegedly presided

over the stealing of over N18 billion from the funds approved for

rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rebuilding of

six northeast states ravaged by insurgency?

 

Can Lai Mohammed tell Nigerians how over N25 billion meant for health

needs of Nigerians was stolen by the Presidency cabal from the National

Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), and how the same cabal siphoned the $322

million repatriated by Switzerland, under the guise of sharing the funds

to the poor?

 

It is only in an administration like the Buhari Presidency that thrives

in lies and deception that characters like Lai Mohammed, with his

proclivities, can be minister.

 

This is the same person, who nearly caused a national crisis when he, in

May 2015, accused former President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP of

frustrating the activities of then Transition Committee only for the

head of the APC team, Alhaji Ahmed Joda, to declare that that the team

had all the cooperation from the PDP.

 

This is the same Lai Mohammed, who, in 2014, alleged that the PDP denied

a plane carrying a state governor from landing in Ado Ekiti to attend

the APC Governorship election rally in the state only for the State

Government to debunk the lie stating that the governor did not travel to

Ekiti but was attending official functions in the state.

 

This is the same minister that has not been able to explain the

circumstances surrounding his attempt to obtain over N13 million from

the National Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) under the mask of a “loan”,

against budgetary approvals and principles of the Treasury Single

Account (TSA).

 

In as much as the PDP remains committed to issue-based campaign ahead of

2019 elections, we will not by any means tolerate further lies and

fabrications from the Buhari Presidency, particularly from agents who

have no ethical substance to make allegations against any Nigerian.

 

On a final note, the PDP counsels the Buhari Presidency and the APC to

shed their resort to lies, falsehood and smear campaign and get prepared

to face an inevitable crushing defeat, come 2019.

 

 

Signed:

 

Kola Ologbondiyan

National Publicity Secretary

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