APC, PDP in Verbal War over Alleged Plot to Truncate Tinubu’s Inauguration

The All Progressives Congress (APC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday engaged in verbal war over an allegation by the ruling party that the opposition parties were plotting to truncate the inauguration of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu, and his vice, Kashim Shettima on May 29.

While the APC told the opposition parties to bury the thought of truncating the inauguration, the PDP stated that it would not be intimidated by the ruling party’s allegation.

The main opposition party also told the ruling party that it “can’t snatch the presidency and run away like that.”
Meanwhile, the presidential candidate of the PDP in the February 25 presidential election, Atiku Abubakar, yesterday insisted that he would continue to challenge the outcome of the election, which he described as illegitimate, stressing also that the election process was flawed.
In a statement issued yesterday, the Spokesperson of the APC Presidential Campaign Council (PCC), Mr. Festus Keyamo, said the party had watched with great concern the condemnable activities of some persons and groups who were desirous of truncating the country’s democracy.
He alleged that these persons have remained embittered that Tinubu was declared winner of the 2023 presidential election.
eyamo added that these “misguided individuals” have called for either the cancellation of the results or that the President-elect should not be inaugurated on May 29, 2023.

“We wish to reiterate and emphasise that these positions are not in tandem with our constitutional provisions or our electoral laws. We would have taken these as mere wishful thinking; however, because of their implications for national security and public order, we have therefore considered it necessary, if not expedient, to call them to order,” Keyamo explained.
The spokesperson noted that the APC campaign was aware of the intentions of those engaged in these treasonable and subversive acts.
He added: “They are fixated on an Interim Government. They have done it in this country before and it threw the country into an avoidable crisis for many years and they want to do it again.

“They are bent on delegitimising the new government. Some have made treasonable insinuations and openly called for a military takeover. It is for these reasons that they are desperate to incite the people against the incoming government,” Keyamo added.
Keyamo argued that those contesting the results of the presidential election wanted to be in the courts and on the streets at the same time.
He said: “However if they intend to truncate the inauguration of the President-elect and vice president-elect, they should immediately bury the thought.
“It is gratifying to note that the President has set in motion steps for the actualisation of the swearing-in ceremony. In this regard, the Presidential Transition Council has remained focused and committed to its Terms of Reference in respect of organising a hitch-free handover.”

Keyamo noted that on many occasions, Tinubu has pledged fairness as the basis for his present and future engagements.
According to the spokesman of the PCC of the APC, Tinubu has unequivocally stated that he would not accord favour to those that supported him, nor would he mistreat those who did not vote for him.
The spokesperson said when he was the Governor of Lagos for eight years, he never undermined any person or tribe and also championed people-oriented policies.
The APC spokesperson warned that those who are stoking the embers of hate, division, and falsehoods as well as peddling misleading narratives through some compromised media outlets should detract from such.


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