Minister of Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed

The Federal Government has asked the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Nigeria’s 2019 election, Atiku Abubakar, to allow the court to determine the merits or otherwise of his petition against President Muhammadu Buhari.

The government stated this in reaction to campaign billboards and posters titled “The Pukka’’ of the former vice-president found in Abuja and Adamawa State.

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Minister of Information and Culture Lai Mohammed stated this at a media briefing in Abuja on Thursday.

The minister said it was wrong for the former vice-president to resort to self-help in his desire to claim victory in the election.

“The appearance of these posters coincide with the media report that Alhaji Atiku Abubakar has hired a US lobbying firm to convince the United States not to recognise the re-election of President Buhari until the Supreme Court has ruled on the suit by the PDP presidential candidate,” he said.

Concise News had reported that Atiku disowned campaign posters in a statement issued by his media adviser, Paul Ibe, on Wednesday.

Ibe said, “Our attention has been drawn to posters of Abubakar, Presidential candidate of PDP in the 2019 election being circulated in Abuja.

“We dissociate the former Vice President of Nigeria from the said posters in circulation. The campaign season is over. The tainted electoral victory by the incumbent is being challenged in court.

“We refuse to be distracted, which is exactly the objective of our opponents, but to remain focused on diligently pursuing our election petition with a view to retrieving the stolen mandate.’’