The Peoples Democratic Party on Monday raised alarm over an alleged report of a foiled terrorist attack on its Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and other sensitive locations in Yola, Adamawa State.
The PDP made this known in a statement issued through its official Twitter account on Monday July 24, 2023, By Hon. Debo Ologunagba, the National Publicity Secretary of the party.
The party insists that by the confession of the arrested assailants, the plot has the paw marks of a sponsored attempt on the life of the former Vice President ostensibly by forces who are unsettled by his bid to retrieve a mandate at the Presidential Election Court.
According to the party, the intent of the sponsors of the alleged evil plot is to silence the presidential candidate of the party, massacre innocent Nigerians and cause chaos, confusion and anarchy in the polity.
The party however asked if the plan is to orchestrate a sense of insecurity in the country, from Adamawa State, the home state of the PDP Presidential candidate, to justify the imposition of a State of emergency in the state as a precursor to a declaration of a state of emergency throughout the country?
PDP however called on the Inspector General of Police, to track down the sponsors of the attack through the confessional statement of the assailants.
The statement reads:
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is alarmed by the reported foiled terrorist attack on its Presidential Candidate, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and other sensitive locations in Yola, Adamawa State.
“The PDP insists that by the confession of the arrested assailants, the plot has the paw marks of a sponsored attempt on the life of Atiku Abubakar, ostensibly by forces who are unsettled by his bid to retrieve his mandate at the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC).
“Our Party believes that the sponsors of this evil plot intend to silence our Presidential Candidate, massacre innocent Nigerians and cause chaos, confusion and anarchy in the polity.
“The PDP asks, is this foiled attack on Atiku Abubakar and sensitive locations in Yola, Adamawa connected to the recent APC’s threats of chaos and anarchy in the country, if the PEPC upholds the clear provisions of Section 134 of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999 (as amended) about the mandatory and statutory requirements for which a Candidate in a Presidential election can be declared winner?
“Could it also be a plan to orchestrate a sense of insecurity in the country, starting in Adamawa State, the home State of our Presidential Candidate to justify the imposition of a State of Emergency in Adamawa State as a precursor to a declaration of a State of Emergency throughout the country?
“Our Party charges the Inspector General of Police to take the lead provided by the confession of the assailants to track down their sponsors and bring them to book in the interest of the security, unity and wellbeing of our nation.
“The Federal Government has a duty and obligation to Nigerians and indeed, the whole world to ensure that the perpetrators of these dastardly acts and their sponsors are brought to book. This particular investigation is important to the country because of the scope and dimension of the attempted attack.
“The PDP also calls on security agencies to tighten security around Atiku Abubakar and members of his family at this critical time in our democratic process.
“Our Party commends the collaborative effort of the vigilant people of Yola, Adamawa State and security agencies in foiling the attack while urging Nigerians to remain calm and alert as the authorities commence an investigation to fish out those behind this evil plot.