The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, has mocked the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, over the claims by the main opposition candidate, Atiku Abubakar, that he defeated President Muhammadu Buhari in the February 23 election with 1.6 million votes, describing the claim by the PDP as utterly ridiculous.
APC stated that the PDP’s claim that the figure it was brandishing emanated from the server of INEC was an indication that the opposition party is up for some dastard activities that are targeted at jeopardising the INEC database and internal storage system.
A statement by Mallam Lanre Issa Onilu, issued on Wednesday, stated that the claim was part of PDP’s antics to discredit the credible presidential electoral process, which was acknowledged by local and international observers.
He added that with the manner the PDP was brandishing figures allegedly obtained from INEC’s server, it would be necessary for INEC and security agencies to be on alert.
“We call on the INEC and the security agencies to be on red alert to ensure that Atiku and the other desperate characters in the PDP are not able to execute their evil plans,” it said.
APC added that of all the prayers of Atiku before the election tribunal, which are at best hollow, the most ridiculous is his claim that the server of the INEC indicated he won the presidential election by 1.6 million votes.
The party also said that as far as it is concerned the vast majority of Nigerians have reaffirmed their unshaken belief in President Buhari to continue to steer the affairs of the country for another four years.
APC said: “We have watched in disbelief and utter amusement how the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, have engaged in series of circus shows to cheer up their crestfallen and disillusioned members.
“While the APC is not oblivious of the PDP’s antics to discredit the credible presidential electoral process, acknowledged by local and international observers, we sympathise with Atiku for the crushing defeat handed him by President Buhari through the votes of Nigerians.
“Most importantly, we note Atiku’s consistent reference to the INEC server as if he is the custodian of that platform. Indeed, Atiku’s constant reference to the INEC’s server should raise concerns as it is becoming apparent that he and the PDP are up for some dastard activities that are targeted at jeopardising the INEC database and internal storage system.
“We recall the widespread reported cases of several programmed card readers that were retrieved from some PDP agents and their failed attempt to hack the INEC’s database in the lead up to the then postponed presidential election.”
The ruling party added that judging by Atiku and PDP’s recent utterances and actions, “it was now clear that they have slipped into severe depression and post-defeat hallucination that have left many Nigerians questioning their current state of mind.’’
APC said that it took weeks of dilly-dallying, for the PDP to wake up to the stark reality of its electoral defeat and for it to follow the constitutional path of filing a petition at the election tribunal.