Friday, 11 March 2011

News Release: PDP Cheap Blackmail Against Buhari

The attention of Buhari/Bakare Campaign has been drawn to an odious propaganda being spewed by the Peoples Democratic Party and the Goodluck Jonathan campaign on the vandalization of its campaign headquarters in Gombe. We have also gathered from our intelligence sources that the Jonathan camp has been going around prominent Nigerians to mobilize them to launch attack against the presidential candidate of the Congress for Progressive Change, General Muhammadu Buhari over the alleged attack.

We must alert Nigerians that the massive and unprecedented support the Buhari/Bakare campaign is getting all over Nigeria has put the Jonathan Camp in a quandary as it can only muster scanty spectators at its rallies in most venues in spite of the unconscionable bleeding of our treasury. This has brought in frustration and extreme desperation to blame Buhari for all their woes.

In the aftermath of the unfortunate bomb attack in Suleja during which some Nigerians lost their lives, the congenital incompetence running our national life showed up as one Mike Omeri from the Jonathan Campaign issued a statement that General Buhari should be held responsible for the incident. The statement was later hurriedly withdrawn from the media after a couple of journalists have sought our reaction to the content of the puerile and outrageously silly propaganda. This followed the pattern of un-presidential response of President Jonathan to the October 1 bombing in Abuja where the chief security officer of Nigeria turned to "jomo Gbo mo" absolving MEND even before security agencies could comb the scene. Till date a president who plays politics with security challenges has not told the nation who did it as he is only competent in blaming his opponent at each period .There is no better evidence of this cheap politicking than the fact that Raymond Dokpesi whom he arrested for the incident then is now back in his campaign. Dokpesi was at the time working for one of his opponents (IBB).

Now back to Gombe. General Buhari and his campaign team arrived Gombe on Wednesday to a thunderous reception at the airport. It took almost thirty minutes for him to disembark from the aircraft and a twenty minutes journey to the Emir of Gombe palace took two hours as the entire city was shut down. It was amazing to see PDP supporters in front of their office also chanting "Sai Buhari". It was therefore surprising to hear from Governor Danjuma Goje when we paid him a courtesy visit that the Jonathan Campaign office was vandalized by alleged CPC supporters. Though the Governor complained behind closed door, General Buhari brought up the issue at the open session saying: 'The Governor has made this allegation against my supporters and I must say that we are not violent people but if the allegation has anything to do with any of those who received us I tender apology for such and I want you to give my apology to the president" Governor Goje responded that he knew General Buhari so well "and you will never ask anybody to do such a thing".

Our findings later indicated that the damage caused to the Jonathan Campaign office was done by suspected PDP thugs after our convoy left to create an excuse for their expected poor showing when their principal comes the following day. Truly to their utter embarrassment the stadium that was over filled a day earlier by Buhari was near empty when Jonathan came to the point that the NTA could not focus the scanty crowd but devoted quality time to twisted pipes that we learnt were bought at "Tsohuwar Kasuwa(Gombe old market) and displayed as evidence of damage.

It must be emphasized that we have traversed many cities drawing millions of people who were not given a kobo and without any Incident. The only song on their lips is "CHANGE". As we know too well that the PDP is beset with inferior scholarship, we must spell it out for them: the people of Nigeria are not cheering you because they know that in spite of the enormous earnings of the last 12 years your greed has increased poverty from 45% when you came to 76% today. They see your mansions in the midst of their own mud houses. Their consensus candidate to stop your misrule all over Nigeria is Buhari. Now that they have started showing you the shape of what to come in April, rest assured that blackmailing Buhari or calling for the proscription of CPC will not postpone your day of reckoning.

Yinka Odumakin
Spokesman for General Muhammadu Buhari

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