Nigeria: Sowore - PDP, Atiku Spreading Lies - APC

9 December 2019

The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday alleged that the People's Democratic Party (PDP) and its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, chose to present and spread concocted 'alternative facts' and lies on the resumed trial of the convener of #RevolutionNow Movement, Omoyele Sowore.

APC National Publicity Secretary Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement yesterday, said the APC would not be drawn into arguments over the powers of the Department of State Services to arrest and re-arrest Sowore over his actions and utterances.

Issa-Onilu, said the constitutional mandate of the DSS already addressed the matter, said whether Sowore flouted any of his bail conditions or staged the incident in court was another matter which the court and prosecuting agency should address.

He said Atiku particularly accused the DSS of attacking the presiding judge.

Issa-Onilu added that documentary evidence such as videos and pictures had shown that the tales were a "complete ruse" until anyone was able to present contrary evidence.

He said the APC rejectedthe "inciting messages and criminal antics" of some individuals and partisans who had embarked on a campaign of calumny against the administration and calling for a "forceful takeover" of government, describing them as "cowards and enemies of Nigeria."

He called on Nigerians to look at the issue of Sowore's arrest and subsequent trial "dispassionately and devoid of the skewed narratives and sentiments" being propagated by the likes of Atiku and the PDP.

"Our laws are clear on treason and Nigerians would expect decisive actions from our law enforcement agencies and government. Any attempt to truncate our democracy and threaten our collective peace and safety must and will be resisted using the full weight and instrumentalities of the law," he said.

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