Palpable fear has gripped the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) over speculations that the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) was plotting to expose some dirty deals involving some high ranking government officials, including President Goodluck Jonathan.
At a media briefing in Abuja on Wednesday, the Director of Media and Publicity of the party’s presidential campaign organisation, Chief Femi Fani-Kayode, said the APC intends to expose the alleged sleaze through a documentary.
Some of the alleged sleaze transactions under the Jonathan administration, as stated by Fani-Kayode include: $15 million U.S. Private Jet Arms Scandal, N5 trillion stolen under Jonathan, N21 billion Pension funds embezzled, N10 billion private jet scandal, N1.6 trillion oil subsidy scandal, and much more.
But an All Progressives Congress (APC) top official last night denied the claim, saying the opposition party “will not go into the gutter with them”, he added that the PDP is afraid of losing the election, “that is why they are desperate as seen from this allegation.”
Fani-Kayode said: “As we are addressing you, a scurrilous and utterly baseless documentary and video has been commissioned and compiled by them. It is titled ‘’Nigerians…What Is Going On’’. In the documentary, the opposition has listed some areas which they claim reflect the corrupt nature of the Nigerian people, the nature of the President and the nature of the government that he is heading.
“All manner of lies, deceit, fabrication, slander, falsehood and misrepresentation of the basic facts are in the documentary. The whole thing is simply an attempt to denigrate the Nigerian people and bring it into disrepute and opprobrium before the International community.
“Two million dollars was budgeted for this irresponsible and shameful project and the services of no less than three specialists and well known international spin doctors from two western countries were procured.
“These specialists are now in Nigeria to put finishing touches to their project. The whole idea is to perfect the work and then release it to the international television networks and the Nigerian public three days before the elections.
“They have targeted the oil and gas sector in a particularly brutal and shameless manner and they seek to tarnish the name and image of Mr. President and those that run that sector with sleaze, dirty lies, disinformation and unsubstantiated allegations”.
The PDP campaign spokesman said the objective of the planned documentary is to incite the people, to destabilise the country and to bring the President into utter disrepute.
“This documentary, which we consider to be very dangerous, is full of false and irresponsible postulations about what is going on in this country and if it is released in its present form, it is capable of setting Nigeria on fire.
“We are letting the Nigerian people know about this in good time in order to pre-empt it and we want the opposition to be fully aware of the fact that we know what they are doing, what they are planning, when they were planning it and who is involved. We also know the amount budgeted for this project, who is disbursing the money and what their real intentions are.
“We also want them to be fully aware of the fact that even if General Muhammadu Buhari, Bola Tinubu, Rotimi Amaechi or any of them are in their toilets, in their bedrooms, in their covens or anywhere else they may choose to hide and hold their secret meetings, we know what they are doing.
“This document was passed on to us by a loyal and patriotic Nigerian who is working with them and who is a key officer in one of their most sensitive and secret cells and covert intelligence units”, Fani-Kayode added.
The PDP campaign organisation also said it has uncovered the existence of an illegal radio station, “APC Radio or Radio Chanji” which it said has been broadcasting falsehood, propaganda and inciting comments periodically over the last few days.
The PDP accused a former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain, Yusuf Mamman of being the brain behind the radio station and called on the security agencies to arrest Mamman and other APC leaders.
“We seize this opportunity to call on the Nigerian Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) to set its house in order while ensuring that its rules are followed. We call on them to use all means available to stop this illegal radio station from operating and if necessary to block its illegal transmissions.
“The objective of the radio station is to serve as a propaganda tool to fight the government after they lose the elections on March 28th. The brain behind the operation is the former governor of Ekiti State, Kayode Fayemi who equally founded Radio Kudirat during the days of NADECO when the government of General Sani Abacha was being fought by a number of people in Nigeria.
“The opposition know that they would lose the election and after this happens it is their intention to begin to use this illegal radio station to incite Nigerians against the government.
SOURCE: THE NATION