The All Progressives Congress, APC, has reacted to the claim by the Peoples Democratic Party Presidential Campaign Organization that its national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, is planning to assume the position of vice president through the back door, saying the allegation was designed to divert attention from the successful outing of the APC presidential candidate, Muhammadu Buhari, at the Chatham House in London, Thursday.
The Director, Media and Publicity of the PDP presidential campaign, Femi Fani-Kayode, had at a press briefing on Friday, alleged that the vice presidential candidate of the APC, Professor Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), had been asked to take an oath and step down after six months if APC wins the March 28 presidential election.
He said the plan was one of the reasons the leadership of the opposition party was desperate for power.
“Senator Tinubu, according to our information, compelled Professor Osinbajo to swear to an oath that after six months in office, he would resign as the vice president in the likely event that their party wins”, Fani-Kayode said.
He added that “the wicked plot as laid out by the APC, is to force Professor Osinbajo to resign for senator Tinubu to be nominated by General Buhari as his replacement”.
But in a statement issued in London on Saturday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the leading opposition party said the PDP and the Jonathan Administration still do not have any answer to what has now become an epochal moment that has separated the wheat from the chaff.
“Our presidential candidate’s globally-acclaimed outing has presented Nigerians, and indeed the global community, to choose between an ineffective, incoherent, and incompetent President and an assertive, knowledgeable, dignified, purposeful and principled President-in-waiting.
“Having failed to discredit that outing with a rented crowd, some of whom confessed to have been paid to carry placards they do not understand, the PDP and the Jonathan Administration had resorted to making nauseating claims that were totally untrue, absolutely incomprehensible”, it said.
APC said the claim was the latest in a series of desperate moves by the PDP and the Jonathan Administration since the emergence of Gen. Buhari as the APC presidential candidate, and the clearest indication yet that they had no answer to the unstoppable momentum of a man of history.
“They had thrown everything imaginable at Gen. Buhari, but he had continued to wax stronger and stronger: They said he was not qualified, that he was too old, then they fabricated a medical report of an illness of their own choice, sponsored death wish adverted against him and instituted a myriad of court cases to stop him.
“After they failed to stop him, they went after the election itself, using the PVCs as a tool to launch a campaign for postponement and, when they realized that would not work, came up with the bogey of insecurity in the North-east to force a postponement of the election, hoping they could buy enough time to revive their electoral misfortune.
“With everything working against them, they engaged in a show of shame at The Chatham House that backfired badly, on the heels of their bare-faced lies that Gen. Buhari was hospitalized in London. The preposterous claim of a secret oath – reminiscent of what they do in their own party – by the spokesman of the Jonathan Campaign Organization, Femi Fani-Kayode, is their latest desperate act”, the party said.
APC said in as much as it had so far refrained from engaging Fani-Kayode in his game of character, abuses and irresponsible name calling, the party was becoming seriously concerned that he may be caving under pressure and reverting to his undignified past of substance abuse.