The Federal Government yesterday alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar were planning overthrow the President Muhammadu Buhari administration through a military coup.
Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed, who addressed State House Correspondents shortly after the Federal Executive Council (FEC) meeting presided over by President Buhari, decried the development, insisting that the PDP and their proxies have already begun hatching the plot.
Mohammed, who declined questions from newsmen to offer clarification on the allegations, said: "The PDP and Atiku are doing everything possible to sabotage the Buhari Administration and generally overheat the polity."They want to make Nigeria seemingly ungovernable, especially through their public utterances and their poorly-thought-out press statements before and after the 2019 general elections."
While accusing the PDP and Atiku of desperation, he further alleged that already, a faceless group has emerged calling for overthrow of the government, describing it an egregious act of treason.
In his address titled: PDP's Brand of Opposition Politics Poses Great Threat to Nigeria's Democracy, he said the Federal Government strongly decried the increasingly unpatriotic and desperate opposition politics being played by the PDP, warning that such opposition could be toxic for the nation's democracy, if unchecked.
"Never in the history of politics in Nigeria has an opposition party exhibited the kind of desperate tactics being deployed by the PDP and its flag-bearer, especially since President Buhari defeated Atiku in the 2019 presidential elections.
"For those who may accuse the government of crying wolf, the pre-election statement credited to the former Vice President, that unless Nigerians vote out the APC Administration, herdsmen's killings will continue and ultimately spark an irreversible ethno-religious crises, looks more like a Freudian slip than anything else," he stated.
Besides, the Nigeria Union of Petroleum and Natural Gas Workers (NUPENG) has condemned activities of some individuals allegedly circulating documents and calling for the overthrow of the Buhari administration. It said the sponsors of the document under the aegis of the Nigerian Continuity and Progress (NCP), never meant well for the country.
The oil workers, who described the act as attempted treason against the Nigerian State and the laws of the land, urged an urgent overhaul of the country's security architecture to nip the dangerous phenomenon in the bud.In a statement issued yesterday by its National President, Williams Akporeha, NUPENG said its leadership would not hesitate to mobilise its members and resources across the country to ensure that the nation's democracy was protected against being truncated by some desperate individuals who do not wish Nigeria well.It expressed confidence that Nigeria's democracy has come to stay and could no longer be threatened or usurped by military coup under whatever guise.