PDP Reacts To Lamido’s Arrest, Wants International Community To Call APC-led Government To Order

PDP Reacts To Lamido’s Arrest, Wants International Community To Call APC-led Government To Order
May 01 20:37 2017 Print This Article

Opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) has asked the international community to call the ruling All Progressive Party, (APC) to order and warned the arrest of its members could lead to breakdown of law and order in the country.

The party, through its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye wsd reacting to the arrest of former governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Sule Lamido, who wss picked up on Sunday by the police over allegation of inciting statements.

PDP said “We want to also use this opportunity to invite members of the international community to call the APC government particularly the overexcited and autocratic APC Governors to order.

“They are the ones who are instigating the lawlessness as we saw in Kogi, Niger, Benue and now Jigawa State. If this ugly trend is not stopped forthwith, it may lead to breach of peace and public disorder.

“The APC leaders and Governors should be held responsible for whatever is the outcome of this continuous intimidation of opposition members in the Country”.

The PDP maintained that the true reason for the arrest of Lamido “has to do with the forthcoming Local Government Elections in Jigawa State”.

Adeyeye said “the long incarceration of former Governor Gabriel Suswan is also linked to the forthcoming LGA Elections in Benue State.

“The APC led Administration is fast loosing the confidence of the people because of its non-performance, high handedness and lack of empathy for the suffering of the people.

“The only option left for it is to prevent the opposition from effectively campaigning and mobilizing the people for the Elections. The whole strategy of the failed APC Government is founded on the assumption that if there is no opposition, then they cannot be defeated.

“Hence the intimidation, harassment and incarceration of popular opposition leaders like Sule Lamido. We are aware that, we in the opposition will be in for a hard time in the Run-up to the 2019 General Elections with more arrests and intimidation of our prominent leaders”.

He noted “the  APC has today unleashed the Nigerian Police, the DSS and the EFCC to harass and intimidate Court Judges, opposition leaders, social media influencers/bloggers and other Nigerians that speaks against the APC led federal or state governments on fabricated charges just to cow them.

“Gov Lamido merely asked the people to defend their votes against rigging. How is that a crime? If you are not planning to steal the peoples’ votes, why should you be afraid if the people are advised to defend their votes? Of course, no thief would want the owner to guide his house against burglary.

“The excesses of the security agencies has now reached alarming proportions. If they must be reminded, their mandate is to defend all Nigerians and not to act as a willing instrument of oppression of the people by the authocratic APC Government.

“We are therefore calling on the security agencies in the Country to release unconditionally, Gov Sule Lamido, the Former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam, Former Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu, and all other political detainees in their custody. We are in a democracy and not a Gestapo State”.


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