The People Democratic Party (PDP) has tackled the presidency over the allegation that some Nigerians are plotting to forcefully remove the president.
The presidency had said on Tuesday that some “disgruntled religious and political leaders” were planning the removal of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Reacting to the development, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP publicity secretary, urged the presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to look inwards instead of “blackmailing” Nigerians.
Ologbodiyan also urged the presidency to focus on securing the country.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) describes the allegation by the Buhari Presidency that some Nigerians were plotting a forceful and undemocratic change of leadership, as a resort to blackmail in the face of failure,” the statement read.
“The PDP says that rather than live up to the responsibilities of office by taking charge and securing our nation, the Presidency is busy engaging in frivolous allegations against Nigerians.
“It is however imperative to state that the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are being haunted by their own shadows as Nigerians know the persons as well as the political party with the history and penchant to scuttle democratically elected government.
“The PDP therefore counsels the Buhari Presidency and the APC to look inwards as all fingers toward any possible plots to upturn our democracy point to them.
“Our party believes that the statement by the Buhari Presidency is an attempt by the APC to heighten political tension in our country ahead of the 2023 election, having realised that they cannot face the people at the polls. The PDP however advises the APC to know that such blackmail against Nigerians cannot help their cause.
“For us in the PDP, our party will remain undeterred, alongside other patriotic Nigerians, in our commitment towards the sustenance and stability of our democracy as well as the unity and corporate existence of our country, Nigeria.”