The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and their presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, of having “slipped into severe depression”.
The APC was reacting against the backdrop of PDP’s claim that it won the presidential poll by 1.6 million votes, and according to what they claimed they had gleamed from the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Challenging that, however, Lanre Issa-Onilu, the APC spokesman, stated that nothing could be farther from the truth. In his words:
“While the APC is not oblivious of the PDP’s antics to discredit the credible presidential electoral process, acknowledged by local and international observers, we sympathise with Atiku for the crushing defeat handed him by President Buhari through the votes of Nigerians.”
Continuing, he disclosed that, “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 INEC indicated he won the presidential election by 1.6million votes.
“A few questions would suffice – is this phantom figure of 1.6 million 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?”
Issa-Onilu, meanwhile, insisted that the PDP’s “consistent reference” to INEC server should be a cause for concern.
Adding that it is possible that the opposition party has plans to jeopardise INEC’s database, and therefore called on security agencies to foil the “evil plan”.
“Most importantly, we note Atiku’s consistent reference to the INEC server as if he is 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 Atiku and PDP that Nigerians saw through the devious schemes aimed at thwarting their will. Consequently, majority of the voters handed them a harsh verdict — that verdict remains sacrosanct.”