The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that former president of Nigeria, retired General Olusegun Obasanjo has been marked down for arrest by the present Buhari administration a situation that the party described as worrisome and alarming.
“as it has heightened the tension in the polity and confirmed our fears that our dear nation has descended into a police state where any Nigerian, who holds a divergent view to President Muhammadu Buhari’s 2019 re-election bid, becomes endangered.”
According to the PDP revelation, there is a grand plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) led government to arrest former President Olusegun Obasanjo on trumped up charges and detain him indefinitely.
The national publicity secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement yesterday said
“The alarm raised by Chief Obasanjo has further shown that the PDP has not been crying wolf regarding the plots by the APC Federal Government to frame, arrest, detain and arraign political opponents of the APC, including regular Nigerians, for holding or canvassing opinions that are divergent to the interest of those in power.
“We invite Nigerians to note the travails faced by perceived opponents of Buhari Presidency including Senate President Bukola Saraki, Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu, Senators Shehu Sani and Dino Melaye, who had raised similar alarms in the past,”
The party officials said that the APC was doing all within its power to work against the PDP opposition party, the PDP thus urged Nigerians
“to note how APC-controlled security forces, on Wednesday, arrested and detained opposition members in Ogun State, including a member of the House of Assembly, Hon Adebiyi Adeleye, who were going about their legitimate activities, only to tag them as cultists.”
In the same vein, the PDP presidential candidate in the last presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has expressed concern over the alarm raised by his former boss, President Olusegun Obasanjo. In a statement in Abuja, Obasanjo’s ex-deputy said:
“I have received with serious concern the purported alert raised by former President Olusegun Obasanjo of an alleged plot by the government to arrest him on trumped up charges.
“I am disturbed by this turn of events in our dear country considering the huge price that was paid for us to have democracy.
“I wish to advice that government and its agents should retrace their steps to avoid aggravating the already over-heated polity.
“The alert by President Obasanjo is coming against the backdrop of earlier alerts by some leaders, especially those of the opposition of deliberate and orchestrated attempt to intimidate and frame them up.
“I wish to state without equivocation that President Obasanjo is a historical figure in Nigeria’s democracy and that the primary purpose of government is to provide security of lives and property of all citizens and residents irrespective of their status, political affiliation, religious inclination and ethnic leanings.
“Our nation has lost so much precious lives and property that we can no longer afford to travel that road again.
“I wish to appeal to President Buhari to call the security agencies to order in order to douse the tension in the land.”