The Presidency has urged Nigerians to dismiss reports that President Bola Tinubu plans to appoint "loyalists" as Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs) to impose a one-party state on the country.
Bayo Onanuga, Special Adviser to the President on Information and Strategy, stated this in a statement headed 'PDP, Atiku Raising False Alarm'.
Onanuga noted that President Tinubu's reputation as a democrat and fervent defender of the rule of law has been acknowledged on a worldwide scale as a result of his stint as governor, which witnessed great gains in several state initiatives.
“This was responsible for the dominance of his political structure in Lagos and not for any undemocratic conduct, as Atiku Abubakar wants the public to believe.”
In separate remarks, the PDP and Atiku Abubakar's spokesman questioned the independence of the court and hurled accusations against Tinubu.
According to the statement, “The PDP, the former vice president and his spokesman have become blatantly desperate to pin their problems on President Tinubu and the judiciary, a crucial branch of the Nigerian government, following the unsatisfactory performance of certain party-elected governors at the appeals court.
“By placing the blame elsewhere, Atiku and his group have not been able to show that they underwent any introspection prior to making their serious, fabricated, careless, and reckless claims.
“We had witnessed how under his watch the PDP governor in Osun defeated the APC at the Supreme Court. Similarly, the PDP Governor in Bauchi also won his case in the Appeal Court, beating the APC.”
According to Onanuga, some judges are nullifying PDP triumphs owing to the party's brazen contempt for the law.