Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, of trying to instigate Christians against him.
Atiku made the allegation in reaction to a sacrilegious picture of himself superimposed onto the image of Jesus, which had gone viral on the internet.
In a statement released by his Media Adviser, Mazi Paul Ibe, in Abuja on Tuesday, the PDP flagbearer claimed that it is the creation of APC.
The statement partly read, “The PDP presidential candidate has distanced himself from the sacrilegious image of Jesus being used by his opponents to discredit him and his campaign organization.
“Atiku described the superimposition of his picture onto the image of Jesus as a mischievous and desperate effort by his APC opponents to use religion for political purposes in order to pitch him against Christians and spread discord between Muslims and Christians.”
“APC is exhausted because they have squandered their goodwill and even their campaign of lies and propaganda are not working for them, and Nigerians have seen the light enough not to be fooled anymore by such desperate last-ditch tactic of a soldier about to kiss the dust.
“I’m not your enemy; your enemy is your own disastrous record in terms of security, education, job creation, unemployment, and unity. Your own performance record is your own greatest undoing.
“The 2023 election is a confidence vote on APC. Nigerians are wiser; using religion to divide the people can’t work. Suffering and hardship unite and galvanise people against failure and incompetence.”