It added, “The APC presidential candidate is desperately seeking to cause anarchy, mayhem, bloodletting, violence and a forcible overthrow of Nigeria’s democratic system not minding the lives and safety of millions of Nigerians.”
The Atiku-Okowa Campaign Organisation has alleged that the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress, Bola Tinubu, plans to “incite Nigerians, cause insurrection and disrupt the 2023 general elections”.
To achieve this, the campaign team claimed, Tinubu had been sending his campaign officials to unleash hate speech against prominent leaders in the north and other parts of the country.
It said having been rejected by Nigerians, Tinubu has now “resorted to statements including deploying top members of his campaign, including a serving governor, to insult and condemn prominent Nigerian leaders as an alleged ploy to trigger crisis in the polity”.
The allegations were contained in a statement by the PDP PCC spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Friday.
“Our Campaign invites Nigerians to note how notable arrowheads and supporters of the Tinubu-Shettima campaign have been moving around various media houses to spew hate speeches and promote blackmailing narratives apparently with the view to undermining our national unity and derailing the electoral process.
“Such top officials of the Tinubu campaign are also reportedly instructed to attack peaceful and well-meaning Nigerians, issue threats, incite mob actions, promote riots and violence in various parts of the country in furtherance of Tinubu’s unrelenting incitement to his followers to deploy violence, fight and snatch power by all means in the 2023 general elections.
“Nigerians can still recall how Tinubu recently in London accusingly declared to his followers that political power is not going to be served in a restaurant, it is not served a la carte. It is what we are doing; It is being determined; you do it at all costs; fight for it, grab it, snatch it and run with it.”
It added, “The APC presidential candidate is desperately seeking to cause anarchy, mayhem, bloodletting, violence and a forcible overthrow of Nigeria’s democratic system not minding the lives and safety of millions of Nigerians.
“It is clear that Tinubu is pathetically being driven by an entitlement mentality, and as such, he does not care about the unity of the country adding that in any case, Tinubu had since announced that he does not believe in Nigeria as a nation.
“It is however pitiable that a two-term governor, who has been spewing divisive insults on the leaders of our nation, can make himself a willing tool just because of personal aggrandizement.
“Tinubu and his co-travelers must come to terms with the reality that Nigerians across ethnic, religious and political divides have made up their minds to elect the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, as the next president and not even their predilections to violence, hate speech and blackmail can detract from this resolve.”