The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led Federal Government of plotting to stop its presidential candidate in the February 14 election, General Muhammadu Buhari, by procuring judgment with the sum of $100 Million (about N10 Billion).
National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, who said this when he addressed newsmen in Lagos said: “the rumour mill is spinning fast. Stories abound of a huge war chest of $100 million dollars being earmarked to grease the palm of any pliable Judge who can disqualify General Buhari and halt the electoral process. We do not know whether or not this allegation is true, but we do know that Nigerians do not want to return to ‘Egypt.’ We have been down this road before with disastrous consequences, and we do not want to tread that path again.
“With just a little over two weeks to next month’s general election, a rash of court cases has been instituted in an unrelenting effort to stop our presidential candidate, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari. At the last count, at least four cases have been filed by those who are undoubtedly fronting for the PDP and the Presidency, and all are working towards the same goal: Stop Buhari, Scuttle next month’s elections. We expect more cases to be filed in pursuit of this ignominious objective.”
Lai Mohammed alleged that several efforts have been made to stop General Buhari using the courts, saying: “after manipulating some elements of the judiciary workers to embark on strike to stop the courts from hearing cases that could be detrimental to their presidential candidate, the same puppeteers again manipulated the elements to end the strike, so they can kick-start their last strategy. At least, four cases have been filed, all aimed at one and one objective only: Stop Gen. Buhari.
“Suffice it to say that this stop-Buhari-at-all-cost campaign is being pursued simultaneously with the push to postpone next month elections, ostensibly because of the low level of PVC distribution but in the real sense an implementation of the stated mindset of the Presidency never to hand over to General Buhari, and then of course set up an interim government
“It is in view of the multiplicity of court cases at this late hour that we have decided to alert Nigerians to the execrable plan of the PDP and the Presidency.
“We have also decided to appeal directly to the Chief Justice of Nigeria (CJN) to stoutly defend the independence and integrity of the judiciary at this critical moment, to avoid a repeat of what transpired in 1993 when unscrupulous elements constituted themselves into the infamous Association for Better Nigeria (ABN) that was used to annul the 1993 general elections, thus aborting the Third Republic and throwing the country into a deep and prolonged crisis.”
But, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), through its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, described the allegation as laughable.
“They should accept that they have lost the election. Nigerians have rejected APC. They have nothing to offer but lies, lies and lies. That’s the only thing we can say. They should surrender and quit the race,” Metuh said. [myad]