The National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole has criticized the Presidential Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar, saying he is seeking to undermine the upcoming rescheduled elections on Saturday.
Oshiomhole also said Atiku’s attack on the presidential directive to security operatives on tackling ballot box snatching during this weekend’s polls is akin to seeking protection for thugs and setting the country on fire.
The APC Chairman made this statement during a media briefing with journalists in Abuja.
He said, “There is no responsible candidate down to the House of Assembly who will find fault in any pronouncement that seeks to discourage thuggery in the coming elections.
“So, for a man who is aspiring to preside over a country like Nigeria to seek protection for thuggery, to seek cover for thuggery, even as he has already said he would grant amnesty to looters.
“I do not think Nigerians have any basis to doubt that Atiku Abubakar’s mission is to set Nigeria on fire just so that he can become president even if he will preside over a graveyard.
“Only those who rely on thuggery can find fault with the President’s directive.”
In the same vein, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Lanre Issa-Onilu corroborated Oshiomhole’s stance.
Issa-Onilu said, “The leaked security report of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP plan to deploy $111milion for vote-buying across the states under the pretence of ‘logistics’ during the General Elections raises new fears ahead of the forthcoming polls.”
He further revealed the PDP is planning to rig the elections since they have no concrete plan to win the election.
“Again, in the aftermath of the configured card readers recently recovered from PDP agents in some states, the PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has gone to town with face-saving conspiracies that the All Progressives Congress APC has imported slow-working card readers from China which will be deployed to the South South and South East which Atiku considers his ‘stronghold’.”