By Suleiman Umaru
Atiku Abubakar, a former Vice President and Presidential Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, in
Lai Muhammed, minister of Information may have spoken the mind of the President when he reportedly said that the ”opposition party are colluding with anti-democratic forces and those he considered as ”dead enders to fan embers of violence in the country. He alluded to the PDP and its 2019, Presidential Candidate, Atiku, believed to be doing everything within their powers to sabotage the current APC government . He noted that that the party through proxies are overheating the polity to create the impression that Buhari has lost control of ruling the country.
An aggrieved Muhammed said ”no government with the kind of evidence before it of plans to subvert the power of the state , attack the country’s economic livewire and generally unleash mayhem on the polity will keep quiet”, an indication that the Katsina born Nigerian President may have h beamed his search light on Atiku and other PDP Chieftains ostensibly to silence them.
Signs that the PDP Presidential Candidate and other Chieftains of the party may soon run into trouble emerged last week when Tukur Buratai, a
The Kwara state minister of Information and Culture, may have given ammunition to Abubakar Adamu, acting Inspector General of Police, IGP, Ibrahim Magu, acting Chairman , Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, and Magaji Bichi, Director General, Department of State Security to go after the PDP Chieftains who believe that Buhari, the APC , Presidential Candidate stole their mandate.
Note that Atiku has not hesitated to tell those that cares to listen that he won the February 23, 2019, Presidential election conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, but was robbery of Victory by Buhari, with the active connivance of the Connivance of INEC officials. He had dragged the Katsina state born Nigerian President and Mahmood Yakubu, a Professor and the Commission Chairman to the Presidential Election Tribunal to reclaim his stolen mandate.
note that the APC chieftains have not found it funny that Atiku could petition the Tribunal over the election and therefore were ready to fight back.
Worried that he may lose at the Tribunal because of the involvement of Zainab Bulkachuwa, a Justice of the Supreme Court and wife of Adamu Bulkachuwa, a Senator elect on the platform of the APC, in the last National Assembly Election, Atiku and his cohorts have piled up pressure on Tanko Ibrahim Muhammed, the acting Chief Justice of Nigeria, CJN, to remove her from the Tribunal.
He may have known that he had lost at the Tribunal at its inaugural sitting of when Bulkachuwa, who is incidentally, the President of the Apeal Court made a passing statement that ”elections are held in Nigeria every four years into elective positions” , stating that ”no matter how well the election is conducted there are bound to be complaints”. Atiku and the PDP officials may have taken the statement to mean that the last presidential election was well conducted and therefore no need for the parties to be at the Tribunal.Tthere are fears in both official and unofficial circles that if the PDP Candidate should lose at the tribunal, security operatives may bounce on him to prove that he is not above the law.
Political watchers want him to toe the line of Bukola Saki, the Senate President by making peace with the President to enjoy his freedom in and quiet life without being trailed by security operatives.
While Atiku is pushing for the replacement of Bulkachuwa, as Chairman of the Presidential election Tribunal, Ademola Adeleke , the PDP, governorship Candidate, in Osun state , who lost to Gboyega Ayetola the APC , Candidate, at the Tribunal , has headed to the Supreme Court, where he believes he could get Justice, going by the documentary evidence which he had tendered before the apex Court about the election.
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