The Presidency on Saturday described the decision of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to drag the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to the United Nations over alleged plan to rig the 2019 general election as laughable and puerile.
The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, said in a statement the PDP’s action demonstrated the level of desperation haunting its leaders.
He challenged the opposition party to address the concerns raised about its leaders’ role in the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal.
The statement read: “The Presidency has advised the leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to stop raising false alarms in order to gain public sympathy and divert attention from its abysmal past record and failures
“They should, instead, address the concerns raised about their role in the mass data harvesting at the heart of the Facebook and Cambridge Analytica scandal, following the revelation that they hacked into President Muhammadu Buhari’s personal data in the run-up to the 2015 general elections.
“Nothing undermines a country’s democracy as such unfair practices.
“That is why President Nixon resigned to avoid impeachment when they hacked into the opposition, Democratic Party records, and this is why a Special Counsel is investigating the alleged Russian interference in the United States presidential election, and if President Donald Trump’s campaign is complicit in the attempted subversion of democracy in that country.
“The PDP’s decision to drag the All Progressives Congress (APC) and INEC to the United Nations over alleged plan or plot to rig the 2019 general elections is not only laughable and puerile, but they also demonstrate the level of desperation that is haunting the opposition leaders.
“President Muhammadu Buhari is passionately committed to free and fair elections in the country and for a man who joined forces with local and international observers to ensure a free and fair election which brought him to power in 2015, the President would under no circumstances tolerate any attempt to derail constitutional democracy.”