The Buhari Media Organisation, BMO, has accused the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, of deliberately inciting their supporters with the false impression of a “stolen mandate”.
This, it said, is a calculated attempt by the main opposition party to cause a breach of the peace, after its Candidate was rejected by a large majority of eligible voters, on February 23.
The BMO, said in a statement signed by its Chairman, Niyi Akinsiju, and Secretary, Cassidy Madueke, that what the PDP is doing is an assault on the sensibility of Nigerians.
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”, it said.
The pro-Buhari group, stated that 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.
Even in terms of pedigree, PDP has little or nothing to show for its sixteen years in power at the centre, aside from abandoned infrastructural projects; yet it wants the world to believe that a majority of Nigerians were ready to trade the sure and steady progress under President Buhari ,for a return to locust years.”
The BMO urged Atiku and his party, to seek redress in court, rather than encourage their supporters to engage in acts of 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, but appears now to be dragging it feet.
“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’.”