The All Progressives Congress has said the Peoples Democratic Party and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have slipped into a state of depression and hallucination with their recent utterances.
The ruling party said that was evident in their relentless efforts to discredit the “credible” February 23 presidential elections as acknowledged by local and international observers.
The former Vice President had claimed figures on Independent National Electoral Commission’s server showed he won the election with over 1.6 million votes margin. But the APC in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said it sympathised with Atiku for the crushing defeat handed him by President Buhari through the votes of Nigerians.
“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 Independent National Electoral Commission indicated he ‘won’ the Presidential Election by 1.6million votes.
“A few questions would suffice: Is this phantom figure of 1.6million 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?”
The APC said it had noted Atiku’s consistent reference to the “INEC server” as if he was 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.
“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 leadup 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, the majority of the voters handed them a harsh verdict — that verdict remains sacrosanct.”
The party called on the INEC and the security agencies to be on red alert to ensure that Atiku and the other desperate characters in the PDP were not able to execute their “evil plans.”