Information minister, Mr Lai Mohammed, on Wednesday attacked the main opposition party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Mr Atiku Abubakar.
Mohammed claimed that the ‘dead-end opposition’ being played by Abubakar and PDP “could be toxic for the nation’s democracy, if
Mohammed’s claim is contained in the text of a press conference he delivered.
“Never in the history of politics in Nigeria has an opposition party and its presidential candidate exhibited the kind of desperate tactics being deployed by the duo of PDP and its flag-bearer, especially since President Muhammadu Buhari overwhelmingly defeated Atiku to win the 2019 presidential election,” Mohammed said.
The minister claimed that PDP and Abubakar were trying to sabotage the federal government.
“Either by themselves or via their proxies, PDP and its presidential candidate are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari Administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable, especially through their public utterances and their poorly-thought-out press releases before and after 2019 general elections.
“Unless they quickly retrace their steps, they may, sooner than later, overreach themselves,” he said.
Abubakar came second in the February presidential election. He is currently challenging Buhari’s victory at the election tribunal.
On Wednesday, his lawyers asked President of Court of Appeal, Mrs Zainab Bulkachuwa, to step down as a member of the tribunal because of her relationship with an APC stalwart.
Bulkachuwa’s husband won a senatorial election in Bauchi on APC platform.
Mohammed in his text appeared to allude to this move by Abubakar and PDP as undermining the judiciary.
“Also, in recent times, PDP has taken its desperation to a new low by attacking the judiciary, an action many see as indicating a reversal of the party’s hitherto self-assured stance that it has a solid case against the election of the President,” he said.