The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) has condemned in strong terms, the freezing of all accounts belonging to the party’s Vice presidential candidate and former Governor of Anambra state, Mr. Peter Obi, wife, his family members and their businesses by agencies of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
The Organisation, in a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, its Director, Media & Publicity, said that the government and its agencies had been threatening, intimidating, harassing and trying to smear Mr. Obi and the PDP’s Presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, noting that the government was on a wild goose chase with its latest action as Nigerians already know that Mr. Obi has an image that is above reproach .
The statement also pointed out that neither President Buhari nor Vice President Yemi Osinbajo as candidates, in 2015 were “harassed, attacked at the airport or subjected to blackmails,” and wondered “why they are now employing such tactics just because Nigerians have resolved to do away with them, come 2019.”
Full text of the statement reads:
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential Campaign Organization (PPCO) decries the stoppage of transactions on all accounts belonging to PDP Vice presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, wife, his family members and their businesses by agencies of the Muhammadu Buhari administration.
Since his nomination, Peter Obi, apart from facing series of failed attempts by the APC to destroy his reputation, has also continued to receive all manners of threats and blackmail, including threats to his life and those of his wife and children.
Having realized that the majority of Nigerians are rallying behind the duo of Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi as the our Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates respectively, the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) have resorted to all manners of machinations, including smear campaigns and direct attacks on their persons and business concerns, in a bid to run them down.
The Buhari Presidency is intimidated by Peter Obi’s resume, particularly, his general acceptance as epitome of fiscal responsibility, frugality and transparency in governance.
Otherwise, why is the Presidency on a wild goose chase in investigating Peter Obi, who left office as Governor of Anambra state five years ago with a nationally acclaimed clean record, intact reputation for frugality, transparency, zero tolerance for corruption and leaving behind a huge saving of N75 billion naira in cash and investments; without owing any salaries, pensions, gratuities or even contractors for contracts executed.
The fact remains that the Buhari Presidency and the APC are merely shadow boxing in their attacks on Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, as their records before Nigerians speak for them.
All discerning Nigerians know that the reasons for an investigation on a man like Peter Obi, is a journey to no where aimed to stifle him of funds as well as attempt to distract our campaign and divert attention from the failures of the Buhari administration.
It is ludicrous that President Buhari would continue to condone the looting of our treasuries by his party leaders and the cabal in his Presidency, which even, the First Lady had even alluded to, only to be using government agencies to attempt to blackmail our Presidential and vice Presidential candidates whose reputations stand clear before all Nigerians.
The PPCO reminds President Buhari that neither he nor Vice President Yemi Osinbajo was in 2015, as candidates, harassed, attacked at the airport or subjected to blackmails, and wonder why they are now employing such tactics just because Nigerians have resolved to do away with them, come 2019.
Director, Media & Publicity
PDP Presidential Campaign Council