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APC urges DSS to probe PDP’s alleged foiled attack on Atiku

THE ruling All Progressives Congress has requested that the Department of State Services and other security agencies investigate the opposition Peoples Democratic Party’s claim that it averted an attempted attack on its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar.

The appeal comes just 24 hours after the PDP’s spokesman, Debo Ologunagba, sounded the alarm that Atiku’s Adamawa mansion had been attacked by gunmen presumed to be Boko Haram fighters.

The alleged sponsored attack, according to Ologunagba, was prevented by officers from the Adamawa State Police Command.

Jubrila Mohammed, a suspect in the attack, was apprehended in the early hours of Sunday.

The PDP spokesman also questioned if the attack was linked to the ruling APC, whom he accused of threatening to cause chaos if the outcome of the impending election tribunal did not go its way.

In a statement released yesterday night, the APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, condemned the charge as a continuation of the PDP’s ‘vacuous and stupid campaign of calumny.’

Morka went on to say that, following the PDP’s humiliating setback in the last presidential election, the party had become obsessed with spreading lies and deception.

“We call on the police, Department of State Services and other relevant security services to investigate the PDP’s wild allegations, invite the PDP leadership to substantiate these claims and bring the perpetrators to justice.

“This bizarre and senseless allegation comes only days after the same badly ailing party alleged, without a shred of substantiation, that the APC was engaged in a plot to intimidate members of the judiciary seeking to influence the outcome of pending cases before the Presidential Election Petitions Court.

“It is downright irresponsible for the PDP to continuously politicise serious matters of security and national importance for its vain and macabre humour. As an age-old party, this ceaseless display of egregious incivility in the conduct of its affairs is disgraceful and sad. Acts of terror or involvement in a terrorist plot are heinous crimes under the law and the PDP cannot continue to bandy allegations around without justification.

“Atiku Abubakar is a citizen of Nigeria and deserves the fullest protection of the law. Our law enforcement authorities must protect and investigate any threat to his person, family or assets and prosecute offenders.

“However, Atiku Abubakar’s PDP cannot continue to peddle criminal blackmail and wicked falsehoods in the name of opposition politics, unrestrained and without accountability. Nigerians roundly rejected the PDP at the polls.

“Rather than engage in some introspection and give the court the time of day to deliver a verdict in the case they have brought challenging the election of President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, they have chosen to busy themselves with swimming in an abysmal pool of lies and mischief.

“While vigorously defending our legitimate and popular election mandate in court, our party will continue to win the hearts and minds of Nigerians through President Tinubu’s strategic programme of social and economic development designed to improve the living conditions of our people,” the statement said.

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