For asking Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to apologize to Nigerians rather than appeal his loss at the election tribunal, Lai Mohammed, Information Minister, has been told that he’s smoking weed.
Mr Abubakar lost his case at the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal (PEPT) where he challenged the outcome of the election that ushered in President Muhammadu Buhari into his second and final term as a democratic leader.
In delivering judgement Wednesday, the tribunal struck out the entire petition of the former vice president for failing to prove beyond reasonable doubt why the PDP candidate and his party should be declared winner of the February 23 exercise.
Reacting to the decision of the PEPT, Mr Mohammed urged the PDP candidate, popularly known as Atiku, to apologize to Nigerians and shelve reported plans to challenge the decision of the tribunal at the highest court in the land.
Although he is yet to react to the judgement, TODAY POLITICS reports that legal counsel to the former vice president had hinted of plans to appeal the ruling.
”It is intriguing that a party that trumpets the rule of law at every turn will present, in open court, evidence it claimed to have obtained by hacking into a supposed INEC server,” a statement from Segun Adeyemi, media aide to the minister, partly read.
“Don’t they realize this is a criminal act for which they are liable? Instead of threatening to head to the Supreme Court, driven more by ego than commonsense, they should be sorry for allowing desperation to overwhelm their sense of reasoning. Enough is enough,” Mr Adeyemi quoted his principal, who is in Russia, to have said.
Responding, Paul Ibe, media aide to Atiku said asking his principal to apologize indicated that the minister was under the influence of smoked weed.
“Lai: Atiku should apologise to Nigerians,” Mr Ibe said in a tweet Thursday.
“Me: For real? What type of weed are you smoking? It can only be #CertifiedWeed,” he added.