The Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, has described as toxic the type of opposition being played by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar, warning that the trend, if left unchecked, could endanger the country’s democracy.
The minister, who spoke on Wednesday at a press conference shortly after the weekly Federal Executive, FEC, meeting at the State House, Abuja, said never in the history of politics in Nigeria had 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.
According to him, either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and its presidential candidate are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari Administration.
The minister added that the PDP had always overheated the polity and made 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.
“Also, in recent times, the PDP has taken its desperation to a new low by attacking the judiciary, an action many see as indicating a reversal of the party’s hitherto self-assured stance that it has a solid case against the election of the President.
“And either by coincidence or orchestration, a faceless group emerges from nowhere calling for an overthrow of a democratically-elected government, a totally egregious act of treason.
“It beggars belief that a candidate who prides himself as a democrat can so allow desperation to becloud his sense of propriety to such an extent that he will be associating with anti-democratic forces or making inflammatory statements.
“For acclaimed democrats, there are acceptable channels of seeking redress after an election defeat. Even President Buhari himself went to court three times to challenge election results.
“What is not acceptable is to either resort to self-help after an election defeat, or to embark on a journey of subterfuge and sabotage while also mounting a legal challenge or pretending to do so.
“Worst still, painting the judiciary bad for whatever reason is anti-democratic and unconscionable,” Mr Mohammed said.
The minister, therefore, urged the party to stop beating the drums of war and concentrate on the legal challenge by its candidate against the election of President Buhari, “if indeed they have any faith in the country’s judiciary, and desist from unnecessarily overheating the polity.”