The Federal Government on Thursday, April 11, 2019, tackled the
Presidential candidate of the Opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the 2019 General Elections, Atiku Abubakar, on any plot to cause tension in the country, or dragging Nigeria into the Venezuelan electoral situation, adding that Atiku should not use any back-door approach to seek redress.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, at a
media briefing in Abuja on Thursday, cautioned of the implication of moves by the PDP presidential candidate to overheat the polity after his defeat in the general elections.
The Information Minister remarked that the sudden appearance of
posters of the former vice president and the presidential candidate of
the PDP, Atiku Abubakar, with the inscription: “the Pukka, Atiku
Abubakar, the real and the right” at various locations in Abuja as
well as media reports that he has hired the services of a U.S. firm to
convince the United States not to recognize the re-election of
President Buhari until the Supreme Court delivers judgment on his
petition at the Tribunal, are recipe to chaos in the country. Lai
<pha,,ed noted that the thinking of the Federal Government cannot be
taken lightly on these issues, adding that they are capable of causing
political tension across the country.
The Information Minister asked whether Atiku is commencing a fresh campaign after the elections have been won and lost. However, Atiku had issued a statement dissociating himself from the posters spreading across Abuja but Lai Mohammed went on to tell Atiku Abubakar to thread the path of honour by seeking redress through the law courts as
anything short of that will be resisted.
Lai Mohammed assured Nigerians that the decision of the government to issue the warning to the PDP presidential candidate is not an act of intimidation but one that seeks to promote mutual peace and
understanding among Nigerians.
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