The Federal Government on Thursday warned the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Alh. Atiku Abubakar against resorting to self-help over the outcome of the February 23 presidential election.
The Federal Government issued the warning through its Minister of Information and Culture, Alh. Lai Mohammed during a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday, April 11, 2019.
This is coming few days after posters with the inscriptions, ‘’The Pukka, H E Atiku Abubakar, The Real and the Right’’ resurfaced across major streets in Abuja.
Speaking on the development, the Federal Government asked Atiku to realize that the only lawful channel of challenging the result of an election is through courts.
Mohammed stressed that the Waziri Adamawa “can not win by subterfuge what he lost at the polls” but he, however, admitted that his moves were yet to be termed ‘’treasonable’’ until further notice.
In his word; “As you must have noticed in recent times, posters bearing the picture of former vice president and the presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, with the inscription: ‘’THE PUKKA, H.E.ATIKU ABUBAKAR, THE REAL AND THE RIGHT’’, have surfaced across major streets in Abuja.
“The appearance of these posters coincides with the media report that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has hired a U.S. lobbying firm to convince the United States not to recognise the re-election of President (Muhammadu) Buhari until the Supreme Court has ruled on the suit by the PDP presidential candidate.’’
Reacting to this, the PDP national publicity Kola Ologbondiyan said it “rejects in its entirety the declaration by the Buhari presidency that Atiku Abubakar is lucky to be walking free,” noting that such was inciting and “brings to the fore the unwholesome intention of the APC-led administration against Atiku for seeking to retrieve his stolen mandate at the courts.”
However, Comrade Timi Frank, the National Working Committee, NWC of the main opposition party and former deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) said the alleged plot is to set up the Former Vice-President.
Frank also claimed that he got hold of the plot to kill his principal from what he termed “authoritative sources “in the Villa.