***Says They Won’t Crumble
By Chibuzo Ukaibe, Abuja
Worried by the recent arrest of its members by an anti-graft agency, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday said it will not crumble over what it called the harassment of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The opposition party added that the current wave of arrests has nothing to do with the failed anti corruption war but everything with 2019 election.
PDP, in a statement by its spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said the APC government has concluded that “the only way to prevent its inevitable defeat at the polls in 2019 is to hound, harass, intimidate and suppress members of our party into submission.”
Immediate past governor of Kogi State, Idris Wada; a former acting governor of Taraba State, Sani Danladi; Sen. Grace Bent; and former Min. Adamu Wakil were arrested by the EFCC.
Reacting however, PDP said “The wish to draw attention of Nigerians to the continued harassment of our party members by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Muhammadu Buhari, for no justifiable reason.
“The latest needless onslaught against our party members is the plan by the APC government at the centre to incarcerate 50 members of our party before the end of this year with a view to using their arrest to deceive Nigerians that the failed anti-corruption war is still on course.
“The dirty job we are aware, have been handed over to the compromised anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
“Already, five members of our party have been illegally arrested and detained by EFCC without any charge preferred against them.
“Who the rest 45 members to be picked up are, we cannot say in the immediate. However, we are by no means scared of the persecution by the Buhari administration as we are sure that the daylight is about to break after the dark night of the APC administration.
“We wish to state clearly that what is ongoing under the Buhari administration is not a fight against corruption but an attempt at using members of the PDP as scapegoats and cover up for the ineffectual anti-corruption agenda of the current government.
“The current wave of arrests therefore has nothing to do with the failed anti corruption war but everything with 2019 elections. Having failed on all it’s major election planks and with nothing to show for its over thirty months in office, the APC government has come to the conclusion that the only way to prevent its inevitable defeat at the polls in 2019 is to hound, harass, intimidate and suppress members of our party into submission.”
Adeyeye added that irrespective of what the APC government does in an attempt at bringing the PDP down to its knees, it shall remain irrepressible and will not bow to any tyranny.
“The APC has already thrown away it’s chances in the 2019 elections by its non performance . No amount of intimidation and harassment of the opposition will improve its fortunes.
“We call on all men and women of goodwill to rise up to challenge the invidious attempt of the APC government to turn Nigeria into a gestapo state and undermine our hard earned democracy on the altar of political desperation.”
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