Former Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank, has warned that the desperation of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government, under President Muhammadu Buhari, to get re-elected in next year’s election is dangerous for the country.
Speaking in reaction to the recent assassination attempt on the Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, Frank stressed that it was a direct vindication of his earlier position that the lives of major opposition party leaders in the country are not safe.
The statement, which was made available to newsmen on Wednesday, claimed that the ruling party was doing everything possible to stop the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Director-General of the PDP Presidential Campaign Council for 2019 and President of the Senate, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, some governors and other major opposition party leaders across the country.
He called on the international community to keep an eye on happenings in Nigeria as the country approaches the 2019 general elections, and urged well-meaning Nigerians to speak up against the evil plans of the APC administration against the opposition leaders.
Frank also said that a thorough investigation must be carried out by security agencies to unravel the real sponsors of the suspected killers.
“When I raised the alarm some months back, some people called me names. They said I was raising an unnecessary alarm. The current event, regarding the assassination attempt on the Deputy Senate President has vindicated me and the information at our disposal shows that the APC government is still desperate to eliminate all the strong voices through whatever means, to ensure the party wins presidency in 2019.
“Of recent, PDP presidential candidate, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and some of his family members were threatened with death by some apologists of the APC but surprisingly nothing has come out of the investigation into the matter despite a letter written to the President himself and the reported arrest of a suspect responsible for the heinous plot.
“We are worried that democracy under the APC and President Muhammadu Buhari is getting another meaning. Buhari and his party know that they have lost the goodwill of Nigerians and have resorted to desperate measures to sustain their waning appeal.
“The desperation is evident in the alleged certificate scandal which the President himself has not been able to defend. Tne struggle to defend his so called integrity has led him to allegedly forge his O’level certificate which he could not present during the 2015 election. So, what has changed?
“We are calling on Nigerians to be vigilant and get ready to protect their votes because this government will do everything possible to steal the mandate of the people in 2019,” the former APC deputy spokesman stated.