The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has cried out over an alleged attempt by the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) to incarcerate its members before the end of this year.
The opposition party claims the APC-led government has perfected plans to arrest and harass 50 of its members before the end of the year with the motive being to deceive Nigerians that the government’s ‘failed anti-corruption war’ is still on course.
In a release on Wednesday evening through the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the PDP said 5 out of the 50 members have already been illegally arrested by the EFCC.
The party, however, said it is unperturbed by the latest onslaught by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government which it claims is an attempt to use its members as scapegoats in the “failed anti-corruption war”.
The PDP further said the recent wave of arrest, rather than being a fight against corruption, is APC’s way of trying to prevent its inevitable defeat at the polls in 2019.
The statement read, “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) wish to draw the 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.
“However we wish to state clearly that irrespective of what the APC government do in an attempt at bringing the PDP down to its knees, we shall remain irrepressible and will not bow to any tyranny. The APC has already thrown away its 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.”