- PDP claims FG is plotting to silence the opposition in the country
- The party alleges that some judicial officers have been compromised for the purpose of handing out jail terms to opposition members on cooked up charges
- Controversy as parallel state congresses holds in Oyo state APC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the federal government is planning to clamp down on major opposition leaders anytime soon.
The spokesperson for the party, Kola Ologbondiyan, made the accusation on Saturday, May 19, in a statement made available to Legit.ng.
He said: “The APC and its Federal Government have commenced a vicious and direct clampdown of major opposition leaders, perceived political opponents and individuals with interests and views that are divergent to those of their presidential aspirant, perhaps, candidate, President Muhammadu Buhari, ahead of the 2019 general elections.”
“The PDP is aware of clandestine plots against key opposition leaders, particularly, members of the PDP National Working Committee, some dissenting members of the APC, members of the civil society, opinion leaders, journalists and bloggers, who refuse to succumb to intimidation and that such persons have already been listed and currently being trailed by agents of the state.
“This has become manifest in the plot to rope members of nPDP, especially those in the National Assembly, into gun-running and murder charges just because they came out to voice their opposition to the APC government’s constitutional violations and executive brigandage in the running of our nation’s affairs.
“The PDP wants Nigerians and the international community to know those to hold responsible should PDP leaders, as well as other members of the opposition start falling victims of untoward situations like assassinations, unexplained accidents, inexplicable armed robbery attacks, high profile abduction and sudden disappearances.
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“These include wanton arrest, manhandling and detention of opposition leaders on trumped-up charges, as well as illegal invasion of their homes and businesses by agents of the state."
The party claimed that the federal government in addition to rounding up opposition leaders for alleged corruption, was also planning on detaining some leaders on charges bordering on treason.
It alleged that some judicial officers have been compromised for the purpose of handing out jail terms to members of opposition on cooked up charges.
It urged Nigerians to be alert and resolute in their decision to collectively defend the Nation’s democracy and its tenets.
The two groups in the party, the SENACO faction peopled by loyalists of Governor Abiola Ajimobi and the Unity Forum, which is the camp of various other interests in the party, have been at war over the control of the structure of the party.
While the SENACO faction is holding its congress in Adamasingba Sports Complex in Ibadan, the Unity Forum is holding theirs at the Obafemi Awolowo Stadium in Liberty road, Oke-Ado, also in Ibadan the state capital.
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