A former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari and his government not to arrest the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Atiku Abubakar.
He said the government was planning to carry out the threat by the Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed that Atiku would be interrogated over his alleged role in the collapse of Bank PHB.
Frank, in a statement on Sunday in Abuja, stated that Nigerians would vehemently resist any planned shenanigan against Atiku whom they have decided to vote into power on February 16.
Frank said: “Atiku is a law abiding citizen and a firm believer in the rule of law. He is prepared to answer any question put to him by the administration provided that such questions do not arise from trumped up charges targeted at impugning his character and integrity ahead of the presidential election election.
“Be that as it may, Nigerians are vigilant and ready to resist any move to deny them of a credible choice in the forthcoming presidential elections through calculated arrest, interrogation, intimidation, embarrassment or campaign of calumny against Atiku,” he stated.
He insisted that it is Buhari and members of his lifeless administration that have explanations to give Nigerians over their alleged shady multiple deals that have stifled and stagnated the economy and scared away investors.
He said: “Let Buhari and his family explain to Nigerians their role in the acquisition of 9Mobile and Keystone Bank.
“Let Buhari Order the probe of his Deputy, Professor Yemi Osinbajo who has been heavily indicted by the House of Representatives Committee probing the illegal diversion N5billion relief fund meant for suffering Internally Displaced Persons in the Northeast at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA).
“Besides, let Governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State be made to clear bribery allegations against him to the tune of five millon dollars.
“Let Buhari cause the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Babaceer Lawal to face trial over his alleged diversion of relief funds meant for IDPs in the Northeast.
“Let the Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari explain his role in the MTN’s bribery scandal,” he said.
Frank further stated that Nigerians know that Lai is a serial liar and propagandist extraordinaire whose penchant to spin old wives’ fables knows no bounds.
He said Nigerians and the international community equally know how to treat the lies the minister regularly spews into the public space by ignoring him and his outright fabrications.
“Lai knows that the castle of deceit he erected around Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has since been shattered with the candidate’s trip to America and the positive media sensation that greeted the visit around the world.
“Lai is simply dazed and has nothing to say. But rather than keep quiet for once, he decided to spin the unthinkable which to a large extent typifies the undesirable hallucinatory effects occasioned by overdose of codeine or tramadol.
“Atiku has visited America and returned. Lai’s subtle blackmail against the American Government when he accused them of taking sides in the presidential elections if they grant Atiku visa, was simply trashed. Buhari has been rejected. The APC has been rejected and the world is not hiding it.”
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