The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has reacted to the allegations of government toppling by the Presidency, saying President Muhammadu Buhari is known for overthrowing democratically elected governments.
The PDP said this in a statement issued on Tuesday by Kola Ologbodiyan, its National Publicity Secretary, on Tuesday in reaction to the Presidency’s claims.
The Presidency had in a statement issued earlier in the day by Femi Adesina, the Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, claimed that some past political and disgruntled religious leaders in the country are working with external forces to overthrow the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.
But the PDP said the allegation is a resort to blackmail by the Presidency in the face of failure to fulfil its constitutional responsibility to protect the lives and properties of Nigerians.
According to the main opposition party, the Buhari government and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) should live up to the responsibilities of office rather than “engage in frivolous allegations against Nigerians”.
The statement read: “It is however imperative to state that the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress are being haunted by their own shadows as Nigerians know the persons as well as the political party with the history and penchant to scuttle democratically elected government.
“Perhaps, the Presidency has forgotten that in 1983, Brigadier Muhammadu Buhari, as he was then known, led a military coup to truncate a democratically elected government thereby causing our nation a huge drawback on democratic governance.
“Also, in 2015, the APC, which was hurriedly formulated, made itself available as a vehicle of brigandage to disrupt our political process by beguiling Nigerians and taking power through violence, propaganda and falsehood.
“Even in 2019, Nigerians will be quick to remember how the APC imported bandits, vandals and thugs from neighboring countries, as political mercenaries, to unleash violence, disrupt our voting processes and muscle itself to power.
“The PDP, therefore, counsels the Buhari Presidency and the APC to look inwards as all fingers toward any possible plots to upturn our democracy point to them.
“Our party believes that the statement by the Buhari Presidency is an attempt by the APC to heighten political tension in our country ahead of the 2023 election, having realized that they cannot face the people at the polls.”
The PDP insisted that such blackmail against Nigerians cannot help the cause of the APC to purportedly hijack the process leading to the 2023 general elections.