FG Decries Atiku, PDP’s ‘Toxic’ Opposition Politics


The Federal Government on Wednesday described as ‘unpatriotic, desperate and toxic’ the type of opposition politics being played by Peoples Democratic Party and its presidential candidate in the February 23 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar.

According to the government, the type of politics being played by the opposition party if left unchecked could derail the country’s democracy.

Minister of Information and Culture, Mr Lai Mohammed, gave the government’s position in Abuja while speaking with State House Correspondents at the Presidential Villa Abuja.

Speaking further, the Minister alleged that PDP and Atiku, who is Nigeria’s former Vice President were doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari administration.

He spoke in detail, “The Federal Government has strongly decried the increasingly unpatriotic and desperate opposition politics being played by the PDP and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, warning that such dead-end opposition could be toxic for the nation’s democracy if left unchecked.

“Never in the history of politics in Nigeria has an opposition party and its presidential candidate exhibited the kind of desperate tactics being deployed by the duo of the PDP and its flagbearer, especially since President Muhammadu Buhari overwhelmingly defeated Atiku to win the 2019 presidential election.

“Either by themselves or via their proxies, the PDP and its presidential candidate are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari administration, generally overheat the polity and make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable, especially through their public utterances and their poorly-thought-out press releases before and after the 2019 general elections. Unless they quickly retrace their steps, they may, sooner than later, over-reach themselves.

“For those who may be quick to accuse the government of crying wolf, the pre-election statement credited to the former Vice-President, that unless Nigerians voted out the APC administration, killings by herdsmen would continue and ultimately spark a series of ethno-religious crises that would be irreversible, was looking more like a Freudian slip than anything else.”


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