By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, to apologize to Nigerians for misleading the nation and heating up the polity with unfounded security breach allegations against the party and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The party said with the assurances by the minister on Monday that the nation was safe for the presidential inauguration, Alhaji Mohammed has further exposed the fact that he, acting for the Federal Government, only conjured claims to create the impression that the PDP and Atiku had set up security issues against the Presidential inauguration.
In a statement Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party lamented that in desperation to secure acceptance from Nigerians and confer legitimacy to the outcome of the election, the presidency has become a harbinger of fake news.
According to PDP, “the minister’s claims that he relied on certain alarms fell flat as it stated that no agency in the country had ever accused the PDP, as a political party, or its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, of doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari Administration, generally overheat the polity, and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable” as claimed by Lai Mohammed.
“It is now clear that the whole essence of the misleading allegation was to heat up the system, attempt to cow democratic voices, divert public discourse from the rigging of the Presidential election and scare the PDP and our Presidential candidate from pursuing our stolen Presidential mandate at the court.
“We also have fears that Alhaji Lai Mohammed could have made those wild claims in a bid to pave the way to frame, harass, arrest and detain some opposition figures on trump-up charges.
“Such antics have failed as Nigerians have seen through them and are resolute, behind Atiku Abubakar, in the determination to retrieve his mandate in the court, and no form of blackmail and intimidation will detract from that resolve.
“By his fabricated claims, the Information Minister only succeeded in further demarketing our dear nation in the international arena, causing more damage to investors’ confidence in our system and exposing this administration as purveyor of fake news” the party alleged.
The PDP charged Alhaji Lai Mohammed to apologize to the nation and desist from such acts of incitement.