…I’m innocent, says Atiku
The Buhari Media Organization (BMO) has called on security agencies to arrest the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the last presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abuhakar over unholy romance with foreign bodies especially United States, an allegation Atiku described as shameless lies and total fabrication
BMO in a statement signed by the duo of the group’s Chairman, Mr Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Mr Cassidy Madueke, on Wednesday in Abuja, accused Atiku of seeking to destabilise Nigeria in a bid to realise his failed ambition to be president.
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“We had in the past drawn attention to the desperation of the failed PDP Presidential candidate to rule Nigeria at all cost and it is becoming more obvious with his latest gambit.
“Not satisfied with pushing out cooked-up figures which he and his party claimed they got from the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Alhaji Abubakar is now using lobbyists in order to con the U.S. to his side,’’ it said.
The group said it was not surprise because it had raised an alarm even before the election that PDP elements had been preparing ground for what they called a ‘Venezuelan option’.
According to BMO, before the last presidential election PDP had been instigating the international community against the Buhari-led administration by raising all sorts of false alarms.
“And now that news has filtered out that Atiku has hired some prominent American lawyers to lobby the U.S. Congress and the Executive to recognise him as President.
“It beggars belief that a man who rose to the position of Vice President could be engaged in acts that amount to treasonable felony, especially as the legally authorised body in election matters, INEC, declared that he lost the Presidential election,” the group said.
BMO also noted that some of the measures being taken by the failed presidential candidate to win American support was the ploy that he was the man to prevent ‘genocide, poverty, corruption and strife’ in Nigeria.
BMO said: “We have seen how banditry has suddenly threatened to spiral out of control in Zamfara State and some other parts of North-Western Nigeria almost immediately after the election.
“These are places that were relatively peaceful before and during the election and which also had a reasonable turn out of voters.
“It should not be a surprise that this spectre of violence is deliberately orchestrated and coordinated as part of a game plan to make incumbent President look helpless and win U.S. support for the failed PDP presidential candidate.’’
The pro- Buhari group therefore urged the U.S. authorities to guard against being used by unpatriotic Nigerians to work against an election that their representative in the country had hailed as largely free and fair.
It said: “Even though Amb. Stuart Symington had in the run up to the election appeared to show some sympathy for the opposition, apparently based on media reports that had been deliberately skewed to present the incumbent in bad light’’.
It added that Symington was fair enough to rate the election as reasonably credible.
The group reminded Americans that the main local election observer group they funded, the Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA), validated Buhari’s victory as declared by INEC.
“Aside from that, the European Union, UK, France and Russia have since congratulated President Buhari on his re-election with all of them hailing the process as credible and transparent.
“We now wonder why Atiku Abubakar would take his desperation to the extent of seeking a Venezuelan-style U.S. intervention in an election that he lost overwhelmingly; at a time he has filed a legal challenge to the outcome of the election”.
However, in his reaction, Atiku who spoke through his Media Adviser, Paul Ibe described the allegation as a shameless lie from an administration whose dubious integrity has been shattered.
Ibe said that “since Abubakar resisted pressure not to go to the court, the APC has been behaving like a cat on hot bricks because the outcome of the 2019 elations has exposed and shattered the façade of their dubious integrity’’.
Atiku insisted that the allegation against him is a “total fabrication,” and shameless lie by the Presidency that he has hired a United States of America lobby group at a sum of $30,000 to persuade the country’s congress not to recognize the re-election of President in the February 9, 2019 election.
Ibe in the statement added that “since Atiku resisted pressure not to go to court, the APC has been behaving like a cat on hot bricks because the outcome of the 2019 elections has exposed and shattered the facade of their dubious integrity.”
According to Ibe, “the APC are behaving nervously like a thief living under the fear of being exposed and shamed”, and that “they are now using fake news against Atiku instead of focusing on defending themselves in the court. For a party that has broken the worst record in election rigging, the APC doesn’t have any iota of integrity to be taken seriously by anybody.”
The statement adds that no amount of diversionary propaganda and fake news campaign by APC will stop Atiku Abubakar from continuing the court action to reclaim his stolen mandate.