Post Views: 77 The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday decried the deliberate resort to derogatory comments and personal atta...
The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Wednesday decried the deliberate resort to derogatory comments and personal attacks by officials of the Presidency against its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar.
This, the party said in a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, has become intensified, since its successful Presidential Primary in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, leading to Alhaji Atiku’s emergence.
Such behaviour, it noted, is a sign that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Federal Government “have become intimidated, (slipping) into panic mode and ignobly resorting to trading on rumour and spurious allegations.”
The PDP said it is aware that the Port Harcourt primary has unnerved and intimidated the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency, which has subsequently “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 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.”
Given the administration’s penchant for talking about the era of corruption, the PDP has challenged Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information, to speak up on the leaked memo detailing the stealing of N9tr ($25bn) through underhand oil contract at the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) and the Federal Ministry of Petroleum Resources, under the direct supervision of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The party challenged him to also “speak up on the alleged siphoning of N1.4tr through sleazy oil subsidy regimes and those benefiting 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.”
The Information Minister, the opposition party continued, “should speak up on why the Buhari Presidency is suppressing investigation into alleged use of 18 unregistered companies to lift and divert N1.1tr 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 N18bn from the funds approved for rehabilitation of Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and rebuilding of six northeast states ravaged by insurgency?”
As if this was not enough, the PDP urged the Minister to speak up on how over N25bn meant for healthcare needs of Nigerian was stolen from the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), in addition to siphoning another $322m repatriated by the Swiss Government under the guise of sharing the funds to the poor.
Restating its commitment to issue-based campaign ahead of 2019 elections, the PDP said it will not “tolerate further lies and fabrications from the Buhari Presidency, particularly from agnts who have not ethical substance to make allegations against any Nigerian.”