Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, the Presidential Candidate of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), alleges that there is a plot by some people he described as “unscrupulous anti democratic elements” to cause crisis in parts of the country and indict him.
According to Atiku in his statement sent to Naija Buzz earlier today, these alleged forces against him specifically want to damage his personality.
He further revealed that the plan which is intended for coming weeks was to cause crisis in some parts of the nation, arrest culprits and force them to indict him and other chieftains of the PDP as their sponsors.
In his statement Atiku also called for the arrest of Mr. Lai Mohammed, the Minister of Information and Culture, over his false allegations against him.
Naija Buzz had reported how Mr. Lai in a statement raised alarm over an alleged plot by Atiku and the PDP to sabotage the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The Information Minister again reaffirmed his earlier statement few days ago in Kwara State.
Atiku through his lawyer, Chief Mike Ozekhome, had few days ago filed a N2billion suit against President Buhari’s social media aide, Lauretta Onochie, for accusing him of shopping for terrorist in the Middle East. She had accused Atiku for the recent increase in banditry in the nation.
We also reported how the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai, in a statement alleged that the army had strong evidence that politicians who lost elections were responsible for the spate of killings in the country (especially in the north).
Read Atiku’s statement issued by his spokesman, Paul Ibe, below;
“We wish to blow the whistle as an early-warning alert of the grandiose scheme being put together by some unscrupulous elements aimed at jeopardising the reputation of His Excellency, Atiku Abubakar in the coming days and weeks.
“By the merit of what is beginning to unfold, there are plans to create some upsets across the country whereby alleged perpetrators of such crimes will engage in phantom names-dropping of Atiku Abubakar and some senior personalities in the Peoples Democratic Party.
“Already, we are abreast of some other plans to plant fictitious stories in some mushroom media outlets aimed at discrediting Atiku and his political party, the PDP.
“It, therefore, becomes preponderant that we alert the public of this demonic plan and to say that it will be imprudent to compromise the peace and security of Nigerians in order to score a cheap political goal.
“Towards this end, and for the umpteenth time, we call on the Federal Government to be awake to its responsibilities of providing security and ensuring peace, and to desist from actions and utterances that are capable of exposing our fault lines.
“It is very unsettling that senior administration officials, especially those who are the mouthpiece of government will make reckless but calculated comments to tarnish the image of Atiku Abubakar and government will sit idly on it.
“With the conclusion reached by relevant security outfits that there is no evidentiary proof to back the claim by Lai Mohammed that the opposition was planning to upstage the government, we demand that the information minister should be arrested for a breach of security and an apology rendered to Atiku Abubakar and the PDP.”
Ibrahim Kenneth Suleiman is the Chief Political Editor at Naija Buzz News Network. He is a graduate of political science from the prestigious Ahmadu Bello University Zaria, Kaduna State. He specializes in preparing/approving of political news contents before publication. He currently heads Naija Buzz News team of political correspondents. From Nasarawa State, North-Central Nigeria, Ibrahim is a strong supporter of Manchester United Football Club England.