Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to President Bola Tinubu on Information and Strategy, has urged the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and its presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, to stop their campaign of slander and intimidation against the judiciary.
Onanuga made the demand in a statement in Abuja on Monday in response to Atiku’s recent criticism of the country’s judiciary.
“In separate statements, the PDP and the spokesman of Atiku Abubakar, its defeated presidential candidate in the February 25 presidential election, dispelled caution.
“They attacked the integrity of the judiciary and made wild and defamatory allegations against President Bola Tinubu.
“In the wake of the poor tenure of some elected party governors in the apex court, the PDP and the former vice president and his spokesperson have become downright desperate to pin their woes on President Tinubu and the judiciary, an important arm of government in Nigeria,” he said
He continued that by placing the blame elsewhere, Atiku and his supporters were unable to demonstrate that they had seriously considered their accusations before making them public.
He asked Nigerians to reject false accusations made by the PDP and its candidate alleging that Tinubu, in his capacity as Governor of Lagos State, corrupted the judiciary and suppressed the opposition.
He further urged the public to reject the claim that Tinubu intended to appoint supporters as Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to impose a one-party state on the nation.
Onanuga stressed that Tinubu was a staunch democrat who never interfered with the court’s decision.