The Federal Government has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of plotting to frustrate the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Addressing State House correspondents shortly after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting, the Minister of Information and Culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed said the leadership style of the opposition party smacks of desperation and unpatriotic politics.
Mohammed noted that the brand of opposition politics played by the PDP was alien to the culture of Nigeria’s democracy, stressing that the opposition party had deployed the power at its disposal to sabotage Buhari’s government and overheat the polity through its unguided utterances and press statements.
He warned that if the PDP does not have a rethink, it may soon find that it has crossed the line.
His words: “The Federal Government has strongly decried the increasingly unpatriotic and desperate opposition politics being played by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, warning that such dead-end opposition could be toxic for the nation’s democracy if left unchecked.
“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 the PDP and its flag-bearer, especially since President Muhammadu Buhari overwhelmingly defeated Atiku to win the 2019 presidential election.
“Either by themselves or via their proxies, the 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 the 2019 general elections.
“Unless they quickly retrace their steps, they may sooner than later, overreach themselves.
“For those who may be quick to accuse the government of crying wolf, the pre-election statement credited to the former vice president that unless Nigerians vote out the APC administration, killings by herdsmen will continue and ultimately spark a series of ethno-religious crises that will be irreversible, is looking more like a Freudian slip than anything else.”