The Atiku-Okowa campaign organisation has advised the Tinubu-Shettima presidential campaign organisation to forget its discussion on setting up an Interim National Government, saying such has no place in the 1999 Constitution.
The PDP presidential campaign organization also advised its APC counterpart to not expect its request for postponement of the general elections to be approved. It said that the February 25 presidential election date still stands, and nothing can change it.
The campaign group stated that its stance was predicated on the reports of threatening plots by the Tinubu campaign team to create grounds and narratives to justify its reported demands for the forthcoming elections to be postponed.
The party made a statement released by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP campaign spokesperson:
“Our campaign has also received intelligence of a very dangerous plot by the Tinubu-Shettima campaign to continue to orchestrate unrest across the country aimed at truncating the electoral process, triggering a constitutional crisis and foisting an undemocratic situation of Interim National Government on our country, having realised that it has no chance in the election.
“These alleged moves by the Tinubu-Shettima presidential campaign are not only cowardly but also confirm that Tinubu is intimidated by the overwhelming popularity of the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, and as such seeks to allegedly scuttle the election.
Ologbodiyan further said that the public could further understand the full import of Tinubu’s directive to his followers in London that “political power is not going to be served in a restaurant, it is not served a la carte. It is what we are doing; It is being determined; you do it at all cost; fight for it, grab it, snatch it and run with it.”
He alleged that the APC sensitive remarks have cost a lot of innocent Nigerians their peace and are responsible for the raids on various INEC offices.
“It is indeed pathetic that Tinubu, who ought to know that the 1999 Constitution, upon which our democracy derives its existence, is the one reported to be pushing for a situation of an Interim National Government, just because it is clear to him that he cannot win the February 25, 2023 Presidential election,” part of the statement reads.
The campaign organization said that the Tinubu-Shettima campaign organization cannot hope to win the election by financial enticements and vote-buying.
The PDP presidential campaign organization thus urged the INEC to maintain its focus to conduct an election that is free of rigging and will produce fair results. It also warned that the INEC should be wary of the APC presidential campaign organization and protect the features that would be used to conduct the election.