Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Atiku, PDP inciting supporters with false impression of a stolen mandate, says Buhari Media Organisation

Atiku, PDP inciting supporters with false impression of a stolen mandate, says Buhari Media Organisation

The Buhari Media Organisation (BMO), has in a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, made available to Journalists on Thursday in Abuja, said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was assaulting  the sensibility of Nigerians.

The BMO alleged that PDP and its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar are deliberately inciting their supporters with the false impression of a “stolen mandate’’.

The group said the strategy was a calculated attempt by the opposition to cause a breach of the peace after its Candidate was rejected by a large majority of eligible voters on February 23.

“We find it worrisome that PDP has been regaling Nigerians with hollow tales of a stolen mandate even before INEC completed the announcement of the Presidential election results.

“Equally worrisome is the attempt to equate their grouse with that of genuine pro-democracy groups over the June 12, 1993 elections, and thereby nudge their supporters to take to the streets in protest.

“PDP’s ploy to discredit the Presidential election as the worst in Nigeria’s political history is clearly dead on arrival, as it is a known fact that many of the elections conducted under PDP’s watch did not measure up to acceptable global standards,” the statement read in part.

The group said it was surprised that the PDP is talking about a mandate with an un-electable Presidential Candidate that could not win even his polling centre.

“Is it not amusing that PDP is claiming the mandate of an election that it was clearly unprepared for?

“Here is a party that did not deem it necessary to campaign in sixteen states and the FCT, out of arrogance.

“Yet the party believes it did better than a ruling party that embarked on a three-layered political campaign led by President Muhammadu Buhari in every part of the country,’’ it said.

However, the statement noted that even in terms of pedigree, PDP has little or nothing to show for its 16 years in power at the centre, aside from abandoned infrastructural projects.

It said in spite of these, yet the PDP wants the world to believe that a majority of Nigerians were ready to trade the sure and steady progress under Buhari for a return to locust years.

BMO therefore advised Atiku and his party to pursue their litigation rather than encouraging their supporters to engage in acts of civil disobedience.

It said: “This is a party that adopted a campaign theme of going to court to `claim its mandate’ soon after President Muhammadu Buhari was declared winner.

“So it would be appropriate for the former Vice-President, as a democrat that he says he is, to rein in his lieutenants and advise them to respect constituted authorities in spite of the bitterness of the electoral loss.

“We hope that the subtle call to protest is not in line with what some PDP Chieftains had, few weeks ago, referred to as the ‘Venezeulan option.’’

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