The defeated presidential candidate of the PDP, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar must resist extra-judicial actions in trying to become president, the Minister of Information, Alhaji Lai Mohammed has warned.
The minister, at a press conference in Abuja, said it is wrong for Atiku to resort to tactics that are unknown to law in a bid to become the president after filing a petition at the Election Petition Tribunal which is currently hearing the case.
He said Nigeria is bound by laws and any resort to illegal measures could be tantamount to embarking on illegality which is punishable by the law.
The minister was reacting to the posters bearing the picture of Atiku with the inscription: ‘‘THE PUKKA, H.E. ATIKU ABUBAKAR, THE REAL AND THE RIGHT”, pasted in major streets in Abuja.
Mohammed said the appearance of the posters coincided with media reports that Atiku had hired an American lobbying firm to convince the USA not to recognise the re-election of President Muhammadu Buhari until the Supreme Court rules on the suit by the PDP presidential candidate.
He said the purported action by the former vice president is an attempt to win by subterfuge or through the back door an election which he lost.
The minister said government is not unaware that Atiku had denied the allegations and dissociated himself from the posters, however, the response was imperative because of the weighty implications of the actions.Specifically, the minister said the purported action means that Atiku “out of desperation is thinking of replicating the Venezuelan model right here in Nigeria but he should realize that Nigeria is not Venezuela, and that the situations in both countries are not the same.