By ABUBAKAR IBRAHIM, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has again alerted Nigerians that the nation is fast drifting into a dictatorship and possible anarchy under the All Progressive Congress (APC) Government.
The party expressed this in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye.
“Prominent leaders and citizens of this great Country especially, the governors, ministers and other public office holders during the previous PDP administration have been arrested in a Gestapo manner and detained indefinitely without trial. Absurd!
“For instance, the Former Governor of Benue State, Rt. Hon. Gabriel Suswam was arrested by men of the Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) and has been in detention for over two months now without trial. Also, the Former Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu was arrested on April 5, 2017 by officers of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and like the others, he has been in detention and yet no case has been filed against him in any court by the Anti-graft Agency.
“Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Col. Sambo Dasuki has been in custody for about two (2) years now without trial. Similar brutality, arrest and mindless detention went on with other PDP leaders and members that were arrested by either the DSS or the EFCC,” it said.
PDP said that there is no gainsaying that under the present APC led Government; the agencies arrest suspects, convict them in the media and detain them against the Law before they are proven innocent or otherwise by the Court.
“It is also very clear in the Constitution of Nigeria that no security agency has the right or power to detain suspects more than 48 hours without trial.
“Ironically, while former leaders and members of PDP are being arrested indiscriminately and detained without trial; other former office holders of the Ruling APC who have been accused of various corrupt practices are yet to be arrested but instead are compensated with juicy ministerial appointments. Double standard!
“We are in a constitutional democracy and as such, the present APC Administration must lead by example and obey Court Orders. It is on record that most of these suspects have been granted bail by the Courts of the Land and the ECOWAS Court in the Case of Col. Sambo Dasuki .This is sheer lawlessness!” It stated.
The party assured the public that the PDP was not against the anti-corruption fight, but that the present APC Government must follow due process in dealing with issues of corruption as the PDP did during its governments without violating human rights of citizens especially, those suspects that may later be found innocent by the Law Court.
“In this context, the actions of this APC Administration is a clear case of injustice and vendetta. We hereby call on the Ruling Government to charge all those in detention to Court as a matter of urgency and those granted bail by the Courts must be freed immediately. As a law abiding Party, we shall deploy all constitutional means both domestically and internationally to seek redress on this Gestapo Rule.
“Finally, the Ruling APC must understand by now that
Nigerians are fed up with this undemocratic rule. Again we advise this Government to stop forthwith, all actions that tend to heat up the system and push citizens into taking extreme measures in self defence. The economic hardship brought upon Nigerians by APC misrule is bad enough, abridging the people’s rights on top of that is like adding salt to injury,” it submitted.