The All Progressives Congress, APC, has said that the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and Atiku Abubakar, its Presidential Candidate, have “slipped into severe depression”.
Recall, that the PDP had stated earlier in documentary evidence submitted to the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal, that its Candidate defeated the Candidate of the APC, Muhammadu Buhari, in the 2019 Presidential election, by over 1.6 million votes.
The PDP based its claims on the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
However, reacting in a statement, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC National Spokesman, said that the claim was ridiculous.
“While the APC is not oblivious of the PDP’s antics to discredit the credible Presidential electoral process, acknowledged by local and international Observers, we sympathise with Atiku, for the crushing defeat handed him by President Buhari, through the votes of Nigerians”, Issa-Onilu said.
“Judging by Atiku and PDP’s recent utterances and actions, it is now clear that they have slipped into severe depression and post-defeat hallucination, that have left many Nigerians questioning their current state of mind.
“After weeks of dilly-dallying, the PDP has woken up to the stark reality of its electoral defeat, and decided to follow the constitutional path of filing a petition at the Election Tribunal.
“However, of all the prayers of Atiku before the Election Tribunal, which are at best hollow, the most ridiculous is his claim that the server of the INEC indicated he won the Presidential election by 1.6 million votes.
“A few questions would suffice – is this phantom figure of 1.6 million votes Dubai-invented? Was the result sold to Atiku by his numerous marabouts, who we understand, had assured him that the last election was a done deal for him?”
Issa-Onilu stated that the PDP’s “consistent reference” to INEC server, should be a cause for concern.
He revealed that it is possible that the opposition party has plans to jeopardise INEC’s database, calling on Security Agencies to foil the “evil plan”.
“Most importantly, we note Atiku’s consistent reference to the INEC server, as if he is the custodian of that platform. Indeed, Atiku’s constant reference to the INEC server should raise concerns, as it is becoming apparent that he and the PDP are up for some dastard activities that are targeted at jeopardising the INEC database and internal storage system”, he said.
“We recall, the widespread reported cases of several programmed card readers that were retrieved from some PDP Agents, and their failed attempt to hack the INEC database in the lead up to the then postponed Presidential election.
“We remind the Atiku and PDP, that Nigerians saw through the devious schemes aimed at thwarting their will. Consequently, majority of the voters handed them a harsh verdict — that verdict remains sacrosanct.”