The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, declared that the All Progressives Congress (APC) should be held responsible should any harm befall former Vice President Abubakar Atiku or any of the PDP Presidential aspirants ahead of the 2019 general elections.
PDP said its position is predicated on its comprehensive consideration of all issues relating to threats to the life of the former vice president, as well as similar threats and harassments of other presidential aspirants in our fold, just as our party places all these threats at the doorstep of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC.
Atiku had, last week, petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari over threats to his life and that of his family members by persons who wanted him to back out of the presidential contest.
Reacting however, national publicity secretary of PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, said “PDP does not take these threats as a ruse and we demand an open inquest into all the issues raised by Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in his petition to President Buhari.”
The statement added, “Nigerians are already aware of how the APC-led Government has been using security and anti-corruption agencies, particularly the Police, Department of State Services (DSS) and the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to harass and hound presidential hopefuls and perceived political opponents of the president, as well as the members of our party on various trumped-up allegations and charges.”
The party recalled that only last week, the “APC unleashed their thugs to attack our national secretariat with charms and dangerous weapons and attempted to disrupt our activities. This is in addition to series of other attacks on our members in various parts of the country by APC sponsored thugs,” the statement stated.
In same vein, PDP charged President Muhammadu Buhari to direct the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately unfreeze the private account of its governorship candidate in the September 22, 2018 Osun election, Senator Ademola Adeleke, and those of his family members, including music star, David Adeleke (Davido).
Ologbondiyan, in a separate statement, said the party “decries the freezing of the accounts as oppressive, tyrannical, provocative and a direct recipe for crisis in the state, given that the people of Osun are solidly behind Adeleke ahead of the election.
“In addition, the PDP directs its members, including state governors, officials at zonal and state chapters, national and states assembly members, all presidential and governorship aspirants, as well as other stakeholders, particularly, in the southwest zone, to immediately commence movement into Osun State with their political machinery to campaign and support the PDP candidate.
“The party, however, said the freezing of the Adelekes’ accounts by an agency of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government, a week to the governorship election, underscores the fact that APC is mortally afraid of our candidate and has been seeking ways to undermine his electoral fortunes.
“Such savage attack on innocent citizens confirms the viciousness of the Buhari-led APC administration to use any means whatsoever to subjugate Nigerians and appropriate power to itself at all cost.
“Does it not smack of political brutality that President Buhari approved the secret release of N16.6 billion to Osun APC to pay thugs to manhandle voters and rig the election, while his EFCC is unleashed to freeze the legitimate account of our candidate and his family, not minding the collateral damage such would have on millions that benefit from the goodwill of the family?
“What President Buhari and his APC do not understand is that theirs is a den of thieves and that the leaders of the APC are frittering the N16 billion away.
“Moreover, the people of Osun State are completely behind Senator Adeleke and will freely vote for him irrespective of the machinations of the Buhari-led APC.
“The PDP therefore calls on the people of Osun State to collectively condemn this wickedness meted out on their son and members of his family and ensure that they use their votes to make a resounding statement against the APC by voting enmasse for their beloved son, come September 22, 2018. Enough is enough!”
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