Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of plotting to sabotage the President Muhammadu Buhari led Federal Government.
Mr. Lai warned the PDP not to derail the nation’s democracy through its kind of politics.
According to the Minister, recent unpatriotic utterances by the opposition party and its leaders including former Vice President Atiku Abubakar show that they were desperate for power.
“The Federal Government has strongly decried the increasingly unpatriotic and desperate opposition politics being played by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, warning that such dead-end opposition could be toxic for the nation’s democracy, if left unchecked,” Lai said while speaking to journalists on Wednesday at the Presidential Villa in Abuja.
“Never in the history of politics in Nigeria has an opposition party and its presidential candidate exhibited the kind of desperate tactics being deployed by the duo, especially since Buhari overwhelmingly defeated Atiku to win the 2019 presidential election.
“Either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and its presidential candidate are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable, especially through their public utterances and their poorly-thought-out press releases before and after the 2019 general elections. Unless they quickly retrace their steps, they may, sooner than later, over-reach themselves.
“For those who may be quick to accuse the government of crying wolf, the pre-election statement credited to the former Vice-President, that unless Nigerians voted out the APC administration, killings by herdsmen would continue and ultimately spark a series of ethno-religious crises that would be irreversible, was looking more like a Freudian slip than anything else.”
He further accused the PDP of attacking the judiciary for no worthwhile reason.
PDP had demanded for the withdrawal of the President of the Court of Appeal, Justice Zainab Bulkachuwa, from the Presidential Election Petitions Tribunal because she is the wife of an APC senator-elect, Adamu Bulkachuwa.
According to the opposition, chances are that she would be bias in her judgment because of the intimate relationship with her husband who is a chieftain of the ruling APC.
“Also, in recent times, the PDP has taken its desperation to a new low by attacking the judiciary, an action many see as indicating a reversal of the party’s hitherto self-assured stance that it has a solid case against the President’s election. And either by coincidence or orchestration, a faceless group emerges from nowhere calling for an overthrow of a democratically-elected government, a totally egregious act of treason.
“It beggars belief that a candidate who prides himself as a democrat can so allow desperation to becloud his sense of propriety to such an extent that he will be associating with anti-democratic forces or making inflammatory statements,” the information minister said.
However, the PDP in its response urged the APC to face the challenges before the country instead of hauling insults and misplaced accusations against it and Atiku.
“The attention of the PDP has been drawn to a press conference by 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,” PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, said.
Atiku responds, calls Lai a Liar
The PDP Presidential Candidate in his response through his media aide said that he was not surprised that such statement which he described as “despicable lie” emanated from Lai Mohammed.
“It is not surprising that such a despicable lie is emanating from Lai Mohammed, President Buhari’s aptly named Minister of Information.
“Lai Mohammed is so associated with lies that even Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo said on Monday, May 13, 2019 that ‘People like Lai Mohammed, Abba Kyari, Adamu Adamu are usually very well-behaved during the Ramadan. But I’m not even sure that that is true anymore.’
“When we have a situation where even those who employed him know that Lai Mohammed is a liar, who will even lie during the holy month of Ramadan, then why should Nigerians be surprised at this latest lie?
“Lai Mohammed is only being too clever by half when he says ‘it beggars belief that a candidate who prides himself as a democrat can so allow desperation to becloud his sense of propriety to such an extent that he will be associating with anti-democratic forces or making inflammatory statements.”