Stop rejoicing, Atiku’ll soon reclaim his stolen mandate – PDP


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked President Muhammadu Buhari to stop gloating and showboating on Nigerians with the stolen 2019 Presidential mandate as Atiku Abubakar would soon retrieve it from him at the tribunal.

The opposition party said that renewed attack and blame game on PDP administrations were a lame attempt to divert public attention from the overwhelming evidence that the presidential election was rigged in favour of Buhari.

It added that the attacks were plots by Buhari’s Presidency to obstruct the clear winner, Atiku, from going to the tribunal “to reclaim the mandate freely given to him by Nigerians.”

This was contained in a statement on Friday by the party’s national spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, in response to Buhari’s recent comment that the PDP still has questions to answer over ‘wastages’ by the party in the 16 years it was in power.

Ologbondiyan said, “It indeed speaks volumes that President Buhari, in his claimed integrity and anti-corruption stance, is grandstanding over the violent rigging of the elections and his attempt to foist himself into a second term in office on the pedestal of stolen votes.

“President Buhari and his All Progressives Congress (APC) should know that the PDP and Nigerians are focused and will not be distracted by any sort of blackmail in the pursuit of the mandate and we are confident that our justices will never allow an illegitimate government to sit over the affairs of our dear nation.

“Moreover, if anybody has a question to answer on the administration of the nation’s resources, it is President Buhari, who has not been able to offer any explanation on the looting of over N14 trillion from revenue generating agencies in a space of three years under his direct supervision.

“We ask; was it the PDP that siphoned over N9 trillion, through underhand contracts, as detailed in the leaked NNPC memo, in the same sector President Buhari directly supervises as Minister of Petroleum Resources?

“Was it the PDP that stole the over N1.1 trillion worth of crude illegally lifted and diverted with 18 unregistered companies in 2017; the over N1.4 trillion in fraudulent oil subsidy regime and many more scams, including funds meant for the welfare of victims of insurgency in the North East under the Buhari administration?

“Whereas the PDP administrations created wealth and applied our national resources on massive infrastructural development in all critical sectors; paid off our huge foreign and domestic debts and grew our economy to be one of fastest growing in the world, President Buhari, within a space of three years ran our economy into recession and cannot point to any development project his administration initiated and completed despite the huge opportunities at his disposal.

“President Buhari must note that Nigerians are no longer interested in his incompetence and blame game and this is the very reason they voted massively against him on February 23. He should therefore end his diversionary tactics and get ready to meet the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar, in court,” the statement read.


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