Press Statement

The attention of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been drawn to a
press conference by the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai
Mohammed, in which he, once again, veered off issues of governance and
dwelt on hauling insults, misplaced accusations and threats against our
party and our Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

The minister’s tone, to say the least, betrays the frustration of a
failed administration seeking excuses and scapegoats, instead of
accepting its failures and self-inflicted woes.

It is incontrovertible that the PDP, as a highly responsible political
party, committed to the unity and stability of our dear nation, nurtured
our democracy for 16 years and has continued to express its full respect
for every arm of government including the judiciary

It is equally undisputable that the All Progressives Congress (APC),
within a period of four years, has wrecked our democratic structures,
relegated and harassed  judicial officers, disregarded our laws and
judicial pronouncements, divided our people and practically brought our
nation to its knees only for them to now turn to look for scapegoats
where there are none.

It is instructive to state that, in the course of serving our dear
nation for sixteen years, the PDP was never known for intimidating and
harassing judicial officers at any level.

It is therefore unfortunate that the Minister of Information and Culture
could suddenly recourse to making irresponsible allegations against the
PDP and our Presidential candidate instead of accepting their failures.

As a party we consider it awkward for the APC and its government, under
whose only four years tenure, our judiciary has been thoroughly
embarrassed, to make frivolous allegations against our party and
Presidential candidate.

It is manifestly clear that the PDP and our Presidential candidate are
in court to seek justice and the issues of bias raised by our party are
in public domain and in the general interest of majority of Nigerians
who gave their Presidential mandate to Atiku Abubakar.

The fact remains that the APC and its failed government owe it as a
responsibility to be accountable to Nigerians; the PDP has a
constitutional role to play in this accountability process and our party
will not shy away from it.

The PDP therefore charges the Federal Government to stop inventing
excuses and making frivolous allegations of treason for its mass
failures.

The expectation of Nigerians is for the Buhari Presidency to live up to
the demands of their offices instead of blaming our party for their
self-inflicted woes.

Signed:

Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary