The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in a statement on Tuesday insisted the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the “Buhari Presidency” is out on a smear campaign against its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar by hiring groups to “impugn” the character of the former Vice President.
The PDP said these “shenanigans will be of no avail as Nigerians have resolved to elect Atiku as President come February 2019 due to his proven leadership capacity.”
The statement issued by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, reads:
“It is shameful that instead of channelling the nation’s resources to productive ventures, the APC and the Presidency have remained fixated on Atiku Abubakar, even when it has become clear that Nigerians can no longer be deceived, having seen through their lies, fabrications and beguilements.
“Nigerians are also aware that since the emergence of Atiku as our Presidential candidate; the attendant spontaneous jubilation across the country and massive influx of millions of supporters into our party, the Presidency has been on panic mode, knowing that President Buhari is no match for our candidate.
“Also, having failed in the attempt to paint and label Atiku as corrupt, the APC has now started creating seemingly independent groups to commence a fresh attack on the personal image of our candidate.
“Already, the PDP is privy to the procurement of certain devious groups and individuals, who have been paid millions of naira, to attempt to directly impugn on the character and reputation of our candidate with a view to bringing him to public disrepute ahead of the elections.
“We are aware of how two top officials of the APC, two Presidential aides and two APC governors have been detailed to coordinate this agenda against our candidate.
“Their strategies include using the procured groups and hirelings to release strings of fabrications against our candidate ahead of the elections.”