The Peoples Democratic Party has accused the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress of being behind the reported attack on the convoy of President Muhammadu Buhari in Kano on Monday.
The party levelled the allegation in a statement issued on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Debo Ologunagba.
Ologunagba said: “Our Party is alarmed that this attack is part of APC’s Presidential Candidate’s alleged plot to undermine the Presidency, cause confusion, trigger violence in the country, disrupt the conduct of the 2023 general elections and derail our democracy; having realized that he cannot win in a peaceful, free and fair electoral process.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note how Governor Abdullahi Ganduje attempted to abridge President Buhari’s movement and even tried to stop him from visiting Kano State.
“More disquieting is the fact that the APC Presidential Campaign sought to humiliate and harm President Buhari, while performing his official duties in Kano.
“It should be noted that the APC Presidential Candidate has been displaying open aversion and making inciting statements against President Buhari since Mr. President’s declaration, in line with democratic best practice all over the world, that Nigerians should freely vote for any candidate and Party of their choice in the 2023 general elections.”
Ologunagba alluded to Tinubu’s statement in the United Kingdom, where he said power is not served a la carte.
He also referred to the campaign statement of the former Lagos State Governor in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, where he complained about the plot to disrupt the elections with fuel and Naira notes scarcities.
He added: “It is now clearer why the APC Presidential Candidate brazenly established a militia code-named ‘the Jagaban Army’ which is designed to undermine our national security, unleash violence on institutions of democracy and disrupt the electoral process.
“The PDP counsels the APC Presidential Candidate to come to terms with the fact that Nigerians are determined to have free, fair and credible elections and that they are unwavering in their choice of the PDP Presidential Candidate Atiku Abubakar as the next President of our country.
“Asiwaju Tinubu should note that no threat by any means can divert Nigerians from the path to rescue and rebuild our nation; which aspiration is embodied in Atiku Abubakar.”