The Presidency has condemned recent “treasonable” posters of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate, Atiku Abubakar, that have been spotted in several areas around the Federal Capital Territory.
Backstory: Special Assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on Social Media, Lauretta Onochie, while reacting to the posters cautioned the PDP candidate, saying that he should count himself lucky that he still gets to walk free.
In a series of tweets posted on her official handle on Tuesday, Onochie advised Atiku to adhere to the legal process he’s already pursuing, rather than get involved in mischievous acts that could get him indicted on charges of treason.
“I just returned from Abuja and saw Atiku photos with some weird inscriptions. For one who is lucky to be walking free, whatever he is planning, he shouldn’t forget that we have a President in place.”
“Nigerians should insist that treason is treated as treason. He should counsel himself. When you lose an election, you either congratulate the victor or you challenge the election results in court. After foot-dragging, Atiku has now managed to go to court. It’s in the best interest of the nation that he continues in that legal path instead of stirring mischief”
According to the Daily Post, the posters which surfaced hours after news broke that Atiku is allegedly lobbying the U.S to declare him winner of the 2019 elections, have been sighted around the Central Business District of Abuja, with the inscription “Pukha” which means “Genuine” above the PDP candidate’s image, and “The Real and Right” below his image.
Atiku’s response: In a statement by his media aide, Paul Ibe, the PDP candidate denied that he is attempting to lobby the US Congress to stop Buhari’s inauguration. He described the accusation by the Buhari Campaign as a “lie” and a “diversionary allegation.”
- “The APC are behaving nervously like a thief living under the fear of being exposed and shamed… They are now using fake news against Atiku instead of focusing on defending themselves in the court.”
- “Atiku’s court case has become their biggest burden because it exposes their integrity as a sham, and instead of defending their stolen mandate in court, they are now using fake news to divert public attention from the historic electoral heist they have committed against Nigerians.”
- On the posters, Atiku’s spokesman said: “We disassociate the former Vice President of Nigeria from the said posters in circulation.”