National chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince Uche Secondus, yesterday, said there was plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government to arrest key opposition leaders in the country.
Secondus, who stated this in a statement signed by his media aide, Ike Abonyi, said the federal government and the ruling APC has listed critical players in opposition including himself, the PDP Presidential candidate Atiku Abubakar; his running mate, Peter Obi; Senate President Bukola Saraki; the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Yakubu Dogara; and himself “as some of the top party leaders and their associates for arrest on frame up crimes.”
The PDP national chairman said intelligence made available to the party shows that a former governor of Lagos and a former governor of Akwa Ibom State are “presiding over clandestine meetings and developing strategies for the APC which is aimed at freezing critical leaders of the opposition.”
The PDP leader added that aside arrest and detention of opposition leaders, “their family members and business associates have been lined up for intimidation and harassment including freezing their business interests and their bank accounts.”
Secondus added that according to the script, “the PDP will be brought to its knees so that by January they would be finally grounded with their leaders framed up and put behind bars.”
The party leader who added that the APC-led federal government believes that the party “can only bark and not bite as observed in the case of Osun and Ekiti States” noted that PDP are set and determined for the worst rather than lose the election.
He, however, cautioned the chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, (EFCC), Ibrahim Magu, to desist from being used to hound the opposition.
He further described the claim by the EFCC that the Abuja residence of the sons of the PDP presidential candidate, was not the target of the raid as an afterthought.
Secondus recalled that “these acts of impunity is in continuation of the embarrassment they caused our presidential candidate and former vice president of this country on November 11, 2018 when he was thoroughly searched at the Nnamdi Azikiwe International Airport by operatives of the state on his return from overseas on November 11, 2018.
“After that embarrassment and harassment which was aimed at intimidating the candidate and nothing incriminating was found on him, no apology was extended to him as a former number two citizen.
“They followed it up with the freezing of the Bank account of our vice presidential candidate as well as that of his friends and family members as part of a large scheme to keep the party distracted from its focus of regaining power in 2019.”
Secondus, however, warned that while the PDP believes and cherishes all ingredients of democracy including the rule of law, it cannot guarantee any situation that aims at cowing the opposition and thwart the will of the Nigeria people.
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