Opposition political parties on Monday said the statement credited to the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, that they are arming bandits with the aim of disrupting forthcoming election as a sign of “defeat phobia.”
The national spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties, Imo Ugochinyere, said this at a press conference in Abuja. Ugochinyere said the plan was for the government to frame up opposition leaders and arrest them ahead of the elections.
Describing the allegation as outrageous and laughable, he said opposition parties did not and would not support bandits to disrupt election that they would win. “Atiku will crack Buhari like cracker biscuits at polling booths,” he said.
Ugochinyere recalled that the same minister had claimed that the government would probe Atiku in relation to the collapse of BankPHB while the presidential candidate was in the United States.
“Atiku has since returned to Nigeria, have they filed charges against him since he returned?” he asked.
He said Mohammed’s latest outburst was meant to divert attention from the letter written by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.