- Former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, recently raised an alarm over death threats he and his immediate family received
- Atiku said the threats were due to his decision to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)
- Comrade Timi Frank has given his reaction on the alleged death threats
The immediate past deputy national publicity secretary of All Progressives Congress (APC) Comrade Timi Frank, has lamented the alleged death threats to former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, and his immediate family.
Atiku recently raised an alarm over death threats he and his immediate family received, adding that the threats were due to his decision to contest the 2019 presidential election on the platform of the PDP.
Reacting to the development in a statement on Saturday, September 15, Comrade Frank wondered how it become an offence to have ambition and to contest against an incumbent President in a democratic system of government.
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According to Frank, some of the threat messages sent to the Waziri Adamawa, his wife Mrs. Jennifer Atiku and some of his children were done to protect the presidency and to force Atiku, who is seen as one of the serious challengers out of presidential race.
He said a particular telephone number had sent text messages to Mrs. Jennifer Atiku asking her to warn her husband (Atiku) from contesting presidential election against President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Nothing must happen to Atiku or any of his family members. In fact, we expect the federal government to ensure his protection the more at this juncture just like what former President Goodluck Jonathan did to Buhari when he was contesting the seat,” Frank warned.
Comrade Frank further said, “if anything happen to the former vice president, the ruling party should be held responsible.”
“I will appeal to all lovers of democracy to rise up in defence of opposition leaders and their families in Nigeria. Our foreign friends, world leaders and organisations should not close their eyes to our journey to 2019 general elections,” he added.
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Similarly, Comrade Frank has condemned the recent invasion of Chief Edwin Clark's house in Abuja by policemen.
Frank said the illegal invasion and search of the house of the elder statesmen and Ijaw leader should attract heavy sanctions to those culpable.
He also called for the sack of the Inspector General of Police Ibrahim Idris adding that the current police boss has shown lack of capacity, disrespect for the constitution and flagrant disregard to the rule of law in handling the affairs of the security agency.
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