- The PDP is reportedly seeking a court order to stop President Buhari's inauguration
- The presidency, however, said it was unfazed by the development
- Festus Keyamo of the Buhari campaign organisation said they were ready to meet the PDP in court
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reacted to the report that the Peoples Democratic Party was plotting to stop the presidential inauguration of Muhammadu Buhari.
President Buhari was declared winner of the 2019 election by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), although Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party rejected the result.
The Nation reports that the presidency described PDP’s threat to get a court order to stop the May 23 inauguration as ‘unserious’.
The presidency said: “From the day they lost the presidential elections by a margin of four million votes, the biggest margin of defeat by anyone in the Fourth Republic, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has embarked on a plan to erode the credibility of the internationally acclaimed election and erode the authority of this country’s elected government under President Muhammadu Buhari.
“So much has been said and written about their so-called Dubai Plan or blueprint, designed to win at all cost or paralyse the elected government.
“The opposition party is doing everything to backslide Nigeria’s democracy and this country’s judiciary, bureaucracy and civil society should not allow them to do so. The PDP has no right to give sermons about democracy, given their dismal and shameful track record during their 16-year tenure."
Festus Keyamo who is the director of media and publicity of the Muhammadu Buhari presidential campaign council dared the opposition party to go ahead with its plan.
He said: "We challenge them to go to court. Buhari is the sitting president. He will continue in office till when they want him to be sworn-in. Let them go to court. We shall meet there."
Meanwhile, the APC reacted to the PDP's claim that they won the presidential election by 1.6 million votes.
The APC in a statement signed by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, on Wednesday, March 20, said the claim by the PDP showed the party and its candidate, Atiku Abubakar, have slipped into post-election depression.
The APC also expressed concern over the PDP’s claim to have access to the server of the Independent National Electoral Commission saying this showed the opposition party is bent on destroying the commission’s database.
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