Buhari threat­ens to sue PDP over ac­cu­sa­tions

Daily Trust - - NEWS - By Balarabe Alka­s­sim

For­mer head of state Gen. Muham­madu Buhari has is­sued a seven-day ul­ti­ma­tum to the People’s Demo­cratic Party (PDP) to re­tract its “wild ac­cu­sa­tion” link­ing him with the Boko Haram acts, and apol­o­gise or face a le­gal ac­tion.

In a state­ment he per­son­ally signed in Kaduna yes­ter­day, Gen. Buhari said: ‘’I can­not sit back and al­low my im­age, and that of my po­lit­i­cal party be smeared by false­hood in the name of pol­i­tics.’’

He said the “very se­ri­ous al­le­ga­tions” made against him by the PDP and its spokesman Olisa Me­tuh, to the ef­fect that his ut­ter­ances were re­spon­si­ble for the cur­rent state of in­se­cu­rity and ter­ror­ism be­dev­il­ing Nigeria, were with­out ba­sis

‘’ To sup­port his claim, Mr. Me­tuh en­gaged in twisted logic and out­right dis­tor­tion - which he called facts - in which he said that I, Gen. Muham­madu Buhari, beck­oned on my ‘sup­port­ers to go on lynch­ing spree’ should I lose the 2011 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion, as a re­sult of which ‘an un­prece­dented vi­o­lence broke out claim­ing the lives of hun­dreds of in­no­cent people.

‘’I take very se­ri­ous ex­cep­tion to this grave ac­cu­sa­tion against me by the PDP Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary. It is a false al­le­ga­tion aimed at tar­nish­ing my im­age and rep­u­ta­tion in the hope of de­stroy­ing my po­lit­i­cal and elec­toral standings, and that of my party, the APC, in the coun­try.

‘’Firstly, it is pub­lic knowl­edge that Boko Haram as a ter­ror or­gan­i­sa­tion long pre­ceded the 2011 pres­i­den­tial elec­tions. My ut­ter­ances or lack of them on the 2011 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion could not there­fore have cre­ated nor sus­tained the Boko Haram in­sur­gency.

‘’Sec­ondly, the PDP Govern­ment of Pres­i­dent Good­luck Jonathan con­sti­tuted the Sheikh Ahmed Lemu Panel of In­quiry to in­ves­ti­gate and re­port on the post-elec­tion vi­o­lence in some parts of the coun­try. The panel dis­charged its du­ties within its terms of ref­er­ence and sub­mit­ted its Re­port to the Pres­i­dent. This Re­port was ac­cepted by govern­ment and a Whitepaper is­sued. Nowhere in that Re­port, a prod­uct of thor­ough in­ves­ti­ga­tion of that un­for­tu­nate in­ci­dent, was I men­tioned in the re­motest way to have ut­tered a word or acted in any form or man­ner that sparked off the vi­o­lence. If I had, cer­tainly that in­ves­ti­ga­tion would have un­cov­ered it. The truth is that I had not.

‘’ Thirdly, 2011 was not the first time I con­tested a pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and was de­clared de­feated, it was the third! If I had had no cause to ‘beckon on my sup­port­ers to go on lynch­ing spree’ in the two pre­vi­ous oc­ca­sions, I would have had no cause to change in 2011 - and I did not,’’ Gen. Buhari said.

The APC chief­tain said the PDP Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary also de­lib­er­ately mis­quoted the in­ter­view he gave in Hausa on May 14, 2012 in which he said the op­po­si­tion was de­ter­mined to fight in the 2015 elec­tions.

‘’I used the Hausa id­iom ‘Kare jini, Biri jini’, which is a metaphor for a very tough fight. But, like the Is­lamic fun­da­men­tal­ist toga they falsely put on me be­cause they can­not im­pinge on my per­sonal and pro­fes­sional in­tegrity, PDP apol­o­gists de­lib­er­ately twisted this id­iom to mean I called for vi­o­lence.

‘’I am not a vi­o­lent per­son and, other than my pro­fes­sional call­ing as a sol­dier, I have never as­so­ci­ated with vi­o­lence, I ab­hor vi­o­lence and have never ad­vo­cated it. I have al­ways been a law abid­ing per­son who in­sists on due process and the rule of law in all my pri­vate and pub­lic af­fairs.

‘’It is there­fore a grave in­frac­tion to my per­son, per­son­al­ity and in­tegrity that such a false and ma­li­cious ac­cu­sa­tion is be­ing lev­eled against me by the PDP. This is dan­ger­ous pol­i­tics by the rul­ing party and it must stop forth­with,’’ Gen. Buhari said.

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