The leadership of opposition party, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), has accused the Presidency and the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN), national President, Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor of working hands-in-glove to discredit its leader, General Muhammadu Buhari.
In a statement issued yesterday in Lagos by its national publicity secretary, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, the CPC faulted the call by Oritsejafor for the arrest of Buhari saying it was a “rehash” of the position of President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesman – Dr. Reuben Abati, who had earlier clamoured for it.
Fashakin stressed the existence of a deliberate attempt by some people in certain quarters working to paint the former head of state in bad light before other Nigerians with the aim of making him unelectable in 2015.
“We are aware that this is a rehash of the stance of Pastor Ayo Oritsejafor to a previous piece of mendacious writing by Dr Reuben Abati in his column in a national daily, wherein he alluded to Buhari as being responsible for post-election violence in some parts of the North in April 2011.”
According to the CPC, “Pastor Oritsejafor had used the platform of CAN to seek the arrest of Buhari based on fiction and orchestrated literary violence by the PDP-led federal government.
“The subsequent appointment of Dr. Abati as the special adviser to President Jonathan on media and publicity revealed the fitting reward for that hatchet job.”