The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has debunked reports that its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, employed the services of a US lobbyist firm to advance his challenge of President Muhammadu Buhari’s victory in the February 23 presidential elections.
A research group based in the US, Centre for Responsive Politics, CRP had alleged that Abubakar was paid $30,000 a United States, US, lobby group to assist in the quest to reclaim his mandate through some Washington DC lawyers engaged in a 90-day contract worth $30,000.
However, PDP, in a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Thursday, accused the All Progressives Congress, APC-led government of being behind the allegation.
Ologbondiyan said: “The motive is to use lies, fabrications, threats and sponsoring of Atiku campaign posters to portray Atiku Abubakar and the PDP as being desperate and ready to subvert the rules in the pursuit of our mandate; and by so doing discredit our candidate in the eyes of the judiciary and the public in general.
“This explains why agents of the APC-led government fabricated and pushed into the public space, bogus and laughable claims that Atiku Abubakar paid $30,000 to a US lobby group to assist in the quest to reclaim our
mandate only for the Federal Government and the Presidency to turn around to feast on the fabrications with threats against Atiku Abubakar.
“Moreover, it is instructive to state that the PDP and Atiku Abubakar do not need any foreign lobby group to prove our case before the tribunal as Nigerians themselves have been at the forefront of this pursuit, especially with our overwhelming evidence before the court.
“We therefore caution the APC-led Federal Government to allow the tribunal to judiciously carry out its responsibilities without let or hindrance as well as stop their unrelenting plots to overheat the system and derail the course of justice as such will all come to naught.”