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PDP, CUPP allege plots to frame Atiku, Saraki on murder, gunrunning charges

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) Thursday said there were plots to frame its presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki on phantom charges of gunrunning and murder.

In separate press statements signed by PDP spokesmen of both bodies, Kola Ologbondiyan and Ikenga Ugochinyere, it was alleged that some criminal elements had been contracted to use the vehicles of these PDP leaders to cause mayhem and pandemonium by firing into gatherings in various parts of the country.

“This heinous plot as an extreme act of desperation declaring that its objectives and goals, as laid down by its founding fathers, demonstrate unity, national cohesion and economic prosperity for our nation,” Ologbodiyan said.

The PDP said the plot is tailored towards destroying the image of its party and candidates, as well as divert public attention from their acts and threats of violence ahead of the 2019 general election.

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The party, however, did not provide any evidence to back up its claims.

In its own press statement, the CUPP alleged that “elements of the ruling party have commenced the branding of some vehicles with the colours of the opposition bearing the photos of these opposition leaders and have acquired arms which will be hidden in the vehicles and the vehicles will be driven to join the campaign convoy of the opposition consensus candidate in Kwara, Kogi and Adamawa and other parts of the country where they have also selected.

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