Atiku Abubakar Attacked With Dangerous Weapons, His Campaign Materials, Personal Documents, Ransacked
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has criticised the President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government and its Security Agencies, for physically harassing its Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, claimed that a Special Security Squad of Army, Police, and Paramilitary Agencies, was unleashed on Atiku.
Ologbondiyan claimed that the Security Agents, acting on “orders from above”, attempted to manhandle Atiku physically, before invading his aircraft.
He claimed that while they could not find incriminating items on him, they tampered with some of his gadgets and personal documents, including his campaign materials.
The statement read: “The Peoples Democratic Party condemns in the strongest terms, the unleashing of a Special Security Squad of Army, Police and Paramilitary Agencies, by the Muhammadu Buhari Presidency, to physically harass our Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar, at the Abuja Airport, upon his return from Dubai.
“It was shocking when the deadly Squad, in a Gestapo-style attack, and acting on orders from above, rushed our Candidate, immediately he landed and attempted to physically manhandle him, before invading his Aircraft with dangerous weapons, to conduct a violent search.
“While they did not find anything incriminating on our Presidential Candidate, this deadly squad, violently tampered with certain personal documents and gadgets belonging to him, including some of his campaign documents.”
It added: “The PDP completely rejects such violence against the person of our Presidential Candidate by the Buhari Presidency, which we know has been jittery over Atiku Abubakar’s soaring popularity, since his emergence as our Candidate.
“We invite the world to note that having failed to drag down our Presidential Candidate with spurious allegations and smear campaign, the APC has now resorted to State-backed violence against him, and must be held responsible should any harm befall him or any member of his campaign team.
“The PDP is for peace, but we will not accept this recourse to violence, which we believe is orchestrated to directly harm our Presidential Candidate, foist a siege mentality on the system, and set the stage for series of coordinated violence, ostensibly to truncate a peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections.”
Ologbondiyan claimed that Atiku currently had the highest number of supporters and volunteers nationwide.
He noted that the PDP would not hesitate to call the supporters and volunteers out in defence of democracy, if another such attempt was made against its Candidate.
The party’s Spokesman, warned that anybody striving to foist a totalitarian regime on the nation would be firmly resisted.
“We invite President Buhari to recall that as a Presidential Candidate, he had occasions to travel out of the country, and the government in power never besieged or harassed him in any way. His administration should therefore, not introduce such violence in our democratic space.
“Finally, the PDP counsels the APC and the Buhari Presidency, to know that power belongs to God, and that the time has come for Nigerians to choose a new President, for which they have collectively rallied around Atiku Abubakar, and that their resort to violence, smear campaign, character assassination and rigging, will not change this resolve”, the statement read.
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