PDP Condemns Federal Government’s Attack on Atiku
…Says Buhari Presidency is Pushing Nigerians to the Wall
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the action of the special security squad, police and paramilitary agencies who stopped and searched the Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar at the Abuja airport upon his return from Dubai on Sunday.
The party in a statement signed on Sunday by the National Publicity Secretary Kola Ologbondiyan, described the Gestapo style attack on Atiku on the order of the Presidency, as a physical manhandle, before invading his aircraft with gadgets to conduct a further search.
PDP alleged that though the squad did not find anything incriminating, they violently tampered with certain personal documents and gadgets belonging to Atiku, including some of his campaign documents.
The party says it rejects such violence against the person of the Presidential candidate by the Buhari Presidency, which it knows has been jittery over Atiku Abubakar’s soaring popularity since his emergence as the party candidate.
“We invite the world to note that having failed to drag down our Presidential candidate with spurious allegations and smear campaign, the APC has now resorted to state-backed violence against him and must be held responsible should any harm befall him or any member of his campaign team.” It said.
The PDP says it is for peace, but will not accept the recourse to violence, which it believes is orchestrated to directly harm its Presidential candidate, foist a siege mentality on the system and set the stage for series of coordinated violence, ostensibly to truncate a peaceful conduct of the 2019 general election.
The added that”The Buhari Presidency and the APC should bear in mind that this is an attack on our democracy and the collective sensibility of the overwhelming majority of Nigerians, across board, who have accepted the choice of Atiku Abubakar as Nigeria’s next President and they will vigorously deploy every means available in a democracy to defend him and our democratic process.
“Today, Atiku Abubakar, as a Presidential candidate, has the highest demography of supporters and volunteers across our nation and we will not hesitate to call them out in defence of democracy if another such attempt is made against our candidate.
“Nigeria is not a conquered territory and anybody that wants to foist a totalitarian regime on our land will be firmly resisted
“We invite President Buhari to recall that as a Presidential candidate, he had occasions to travel out of the country and the government in power never besieged or harassed him in any way. His administration should therefore not introduce such violence in our democratic space.
“Finally, the PDP counsels the APC and the Buhari Presidency to know that power belongs to God and that the time has come for Nigerians to choose a new President, for which they have collectively rallied around Atiku Abubakar and that their resort to violence, smear campaign, character assassination and rigging will not change this resolve.”