By Wahab Akanji, Abuja
The leadership of the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has blamed the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the continued closure of its party’s secretariat by the police.
In a statement by yesterday by the party’s spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, the PDP lamented that the secretariat has remained under lock and key since June 2016.
“The PDP in 16 years did not interfere with internal affairs of opposition political parties or used instruments of state to shutdown their secretariats due to internal crisis or for anything whatsoever.
“We allowed all parties in the country to strive and stabilise our democracy for which the APC is the primary beneficiary of in the 2015 general elections.
“It is our firm belief that keeping the PDP national secretariat locked since June 2016 till date is orchestrated by the ruling party to decimate and silence our party from providing viable opposition”, the statement added.
Adeyeye said it is the gross incompetence of the APC to deliver on its campaign promises to Nigerians that has pitched it against the progress of the PDP.
He warned that the continued harassment and intimidation of the APC led administration against opposition in Nigeria portends grave dander for democracy at large.
The party demanded unconditional reopening of the its secretariat, to allow staff access into their offices to carry out their legitimate duties.
The statement continued, “We again commend the Nigerian judiciary for its effort to actualise the principles of separation of powers, which is the main pillar of democracy We therefore urge the courts to keep up the good work by maintaining independence on all matters brought before it.
“In the same vien, we pray the Appeal Court in Port Harcourt, Rivers State to deliver the reserved judgment on the party’s leadership issues pending before it to allow the PDP concentrate on its rebuilding process and to provide alternative governance in the country.
“It is no gain saying that any democracy without a viable opposition is considered a dictatorship, unstable, unhealthy and a recipe for anarchy”.
Adeyeye urged the National Judicial Council (NJC) to urgently do the needful in respect of the petition filed against the Special Appeal Panel of the Court of Appeal, Abuja Division by Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.
He described the petition, the third of its kind by the Sheriff camp, as another delay tactics devised by the factional chairman and his collaborators to deny justice to the PDP and its membership nationwide.
“To this end, we further call on all our members and teeming supporters nationwide to be vigilant and remain committed to the rebuilding of the PDP and advancing our democracy”, the statement added.