By Musa Adamu
Coalition of opposition parties have commenced the moves to come up with
campaigns of calumny that would ensure the defeat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the 2019 general elections, it was learnt.
Sources told our correspondent that some major opposition parties such as the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have perfected plans to use the outcome of the recent APC primaries, where a lot of irregularities were said to have taken place including nepotism to “spoil the show for APC.”
For instance, one of our sources said the case of the son to an aide to Aisha, President Muhammadu Buhari’s wife, who was imposed and his name submitted for the House of Representatives seat for AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency without winning at the primaries would be one of the reference points.
It was believed that the imposition of Hajo Sani’s son was with active knowledge of Buhari’s wife after a failed attempt to make her brother the APC governorship candidate in Adamawa State.
“We’re really in a difficult situation. The opposition parties have strategised on how to finish us if we’re not careful. They want to engage in smear campaign against the APC.
“One of their strategies is to ensure that they focus on the issue of nepotism within the APC and even the government. But I don’t think we should give them room to do that.
“They said we have instances of nepotism, especially during the AMAC/BWARI primaries in the FCT. One of such issues is the imposition of Hajo Sani’s son as the party’s candidate for AMAC/Bwari Federal Constituency.
“Hajo Sani’s son wasn’t among the major contenders, but his name was sent to INEC. That’s a clear case of nepotism. But I’m sure the leadership of the party will be above board and do the needful,” the source said.
Another source said the opposition parties, majorly the PDP, were “ever ready to do anything, including calling APC all sorts of names and citing all manner of anomalies in the party as part of their smear campaign.”
The source added that other strategies to be used by the opposition included every effort to discredit Buhari, his family members and programmes, brand the President as nepotistic as well as spread negative and false news relating to the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo.
Other strategies, the added, are to commission moles and other agents to dig up dirts about the administration, use the National Assembly to undertake series of investigations to discredit the president and his programs, among others.