You’re not first to lose election, Lai Mohammed tells Atiku

Lai Mohammed

Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, has warned the Presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar, to desist from overheating the polity in a bid to unseat President Muhammadu Buhari.

Mr Mohammed, in a press briefing in Abuja on Thursday in company of Buhari’s spokesman, Garba Shehu, told Atiku not to give the impression that he does not trust the country’s judicial system.

The press conference comes a day after Atiku blamed the ruling party for a report which said he (Atiku) hired a US lobbyist to advance his bid to have Buhari removed.

Mohammed said: “The posters and the hiring of US lobbyists, the latest of such by the PDP candidate, have triggered questions about what Alhaji Abubakar is up to. Is he starting a fresh campaign after the elections have been won and lost?

“Has he rescinded his decision to challenge the results of the presidential election in court, perhaps after realizing that the results he claimed to have obtained from the INEC back server are cooked? Is he now going for self-help? What really is Atiku’s motive?

“Yes, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has lost an election. But he will not be the first or the last person to lose an election, and he should realize that losing an election is not the end of the world. He has challenged the result of the election in court.

“That’s just as well. However, he should not give the impression that he does not have confidence in the judicial process, which is what resorting to self-help implies. He should stop overheating the polity and quit trying to instigate a political crisis in Nigeria.

“No citizen, no matter how highly placed, is above the laws of the land. Enough is enough!”