The All Progressive Congress (APC) have accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag bearer in the 2019 elections, Alhaju Atiku Abubakar of being one of the masterminds behind the nationwide protest summoned by activist, Omoyele Sowore.
In a press statement signed by APC spokesperson Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party described Atiku as the patron and cheerleader of the #revolutionnow movement, even as it accused Sowore of trying to forcibly take over government after failing at the polls.
The APC also accused the activist of treason and plotting to destabilise the country.
Mr Sowore was arrested last Saturday for calling for a revolution against bad governance.
He had planned a series of protests across Nigeria to start from last Monday.
On Thursday, the Nigerian government secured a court order to detain Mr Sowore for 45 days based on Nigeria’s controversial terrorism law.
Even though the main opposition party, PDP, has not been part of the protests with one of its prominent governors warning against it, the APC still accused the PDP presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, of being behind the protests
“Of course, the disgruntled presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alh. Atiku Abubakar is expectedly the patron and cheerleader of the unpatriotic elements who would rather bring our country down for being rejected at the polls,” APC spokesperson Lanre Issa-Onilu said in a statement on Thursday.
Mr Issa-Onilu accused Mr Sowore of treason for planning the ‘revolution.’
“Sowore and some of his co-losers have now resorted to an illegal and misguided plot to destabilise the country,” he said.