The Presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party, Atiku Abubakar, has praised the Department of State Service for inviting the Director of Special Projects and New media of the Tinubu/Shettima presidential campaign Council, Femi Fani-Kayode, to shed light on his allegations and veiled remarks of an attempted coup plot by the PDP presidential candidate and top generals, adding that the former minister is not working alone.
Atiku urged the DSS to leave no stone unturned to ensure proper investigation.
The Special Assistant, Public Communications, Mr Phrank Shaibu made this known in a statement on Monday.
The statement read in part, “We commend the DSS for the swift invitation sent out to Fani-Kayode. He must be made to explain his allegation of an attempted coup being planned by Atiku Abubakar who even during the military regime never attempted to topple the government despite having the resources.
“Fani-Kayode must also be made to reveal the identities of the so-called army generals who are plotting to overthrow the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.”
The Atiku spokesman the urge Nigerian authorities to ensure that the military is not drag into politics, adding that Fani Kayode’s attempt to withdraw his comments was an afterthought.
It added, “Nigerians suffered for nearly 30 non-consecutive years battling military dictatorship. The military has since 1999 pledged its loyalty to civilian authority and returned to the barracks. Unfortunately, Fani-Kayode and others in Tinbubu’s camp have continued to prod the military by making allegations of coups and the interim government.
“Fani-Kayode cannot be acting alone since he is the spokesman for Tinubu. Fani-Kayode and his ilk have been prodding the military for the last month, talking about how they plan to install an interim government.
“In reaction, President Buhari set up a transition committee that will midwife a smooth transition to another government on May 29. Despite this, the likes of Fani-Kayode have continued to prod the military, propagating theories of coups.”
Atiku also called on the DSS to also ask Fani-Kayode his relationship with Yoruba nation agitators, the Indigenous People of Biafra and other separatist organisations threatening the unity of Nigeria.
“Fani-Kayode has been seen in many videos prodding separatist agitators to tear the country apart. He has been instigating a tribal war in Nigeria for the last six years. This is a man that vilified northern Muslims, describing them as blood-sucking demons in a bid to instigate genocide against northerners living in the south.
“This is a man who described President Muhammadu Buhari as a brain-dead walking corpse. He later said an impostor had taken over as President all in a bid to incite protests and riots in the country. The DSS must thus leave no stone unturned in this investigation. It is obvious that Fani-Kayode is the one plotting the collapse of the 4th Republic,” the statement added.