Atiku’s Camp Warns Against Protests, Criticizes Tinubu’s Government
Phrank Shaibu, the Special Assistant on Public Communication to Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2023 election, has cautioned supporters of Bola Tinubu and the All Progressives Congress (APC) against disrupting proceedings at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal.
In a statement in Abuja, Shaibu warned against potential protests by Tinubu’s supporters following the release of the European Union Observer Mission’s report on the 2023 general elections. The report had raised concerns about the credibility of the election and criticized the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Shaibu alleged that Tinubu’s surrogates, including his spokesman Dele Alake, Festus Keyamo, and Femi Fani-Kayode, who were implicated in the report, rejected its findings. He claimed that a group of APC supporters staged a protest at the EU headquarters in Abuja with police protection.
Shaibu cautioned the Tinubu government and its followers against disrupting the election tribunal proceedings, citing previous instances where protests were organized to intimidate the judiciary. He expressed concern over the security agencies’ involvement in allowing pro-government protesters to picket the EU office, contrasting their actions with statements issued by the same agencies barring protests.
Shaibu also criticized the performance of Tinubu’s government, stating that poverty had deepened and inflation had skyrocketed within just 40 days of his administration. He attributed the deteriorating economic conditions to the unplanned removal of petrol subsidies without accompanying palliatives. He accused the government of exploiting innocent Nigerians and running a hypocritical administration by attributing failures to scapegoats while failing to hold former President Muhammadu Buhari accountable.
In conclusion, Shaibu urged security agencies to remain vigilant as the tribunal proceedings near their end, emphasizing that the world is watching Nigeria.