The opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led government of deliberately harassing its members, saying the party would not succumb to any form of harassment.
PDP in a statement issued by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye on Wednesday accused the Muhammadu Buhari led government of deliberately planning and executing an assault on its members on the guise of waging war on corruption.
Adeyeye in the statement wrote that “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 party accused the anti-graft agency, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) of spear heading the assault adding that five members of the party have been illegally arrested and detained 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 party stated in the statement.
According to the party, the arrests have to do with the 2019 elections, adding that “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.”