THE Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) South West zone, on Tuesday, condemned the invasion of the residences of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, and Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu by security agencies.
The party in the zone stated this in a statement signed by the Zonal Publicity Secretary, Ayo Fadaka, describing the invasion by the security operatives as “an abuse of the fundamental human rights of the duo and also an abuse of power privileges.”
According to the party, there was no reason to justify the invasion of the residence of the men, saying it was an attempt to rope the Senate President with the robbery that occurred in Offa, Kwara state some few months ago.
The statement read “no excuse or reason can justify the prosecution of this cheap and pedestrian action, these gentlemen are no criminals that should be hounded by the police who should clearly devote their time squarely to ridding our nation of the many criminal elements that torture the citizenry daily.
“We also know that the police invitation to Saraki is in furtherance of the petty attempt to rope him into the now famous Offa robbery, but President Buhari and his handlers should know that irrespective of concoctions in this regard, the eminent and illustrious background of Saraki will never make them stick.”
The party said the move by the security operatives was necessitated to prevent the Senators who abandoned “the sinking APC ship to join the PDP.”
describing it as pedestrian and disappointing.
“If truly this action against Saraki and Ekeremadu is being taken to forestall a sitting of the Senate with a view to preventing scores of APC Senators from decamping, it is pedestrian and disappointing.
“President Jonathan experienced similar actions in 2013 and exhibited maturity by taking all in his strides, President Buhari should just follow his worthy example.”
The statement stated further “the choice of political party is an inalienable right of every citizen and no power can hold those who have chosen to leave back in the APC.
“President Buhari must also realize that he has since dropped his beret and jackboots, therefore, only persuasion and sincerity of purpose is required to populate any Party.”
The party in the zone congratulated the new decampee for taking the bold step to dump APC, saying APC “exhibits absolute intolerance, incoherence and incompetence in the administration of our dear nation.
“Nigeria today is tottering dangerously on a precipice on account of these factors, a nation that was enjoying near absolute peace in 2015 is experiencing mayhem of differing proportions across board.
“The APC government of President Buhari has sentenced over 83 per cent of our population to penury and life has become so unbearable.
“Nigerians today need a new lease of life and therefore call on many still hibernating in APC to bolt out of the Party now reputed for its failed promises, deceit and incompetence.
“We wish to point out that there exists a great danger to our democracy and this is apparent by the many attacks on perceived opponents or enemies of the Buhari administration, democracy is not the same with despotism, the Constitution must be respected and also institutions like the National Assembly and Judiciary too must equally be respected.
PDP, however, called on the “democrats within the APC to advice the President on what his response to this kind of developments should be. We implore Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and even the flippant Adams Oshimole, their National Chairman to initiate actions that will arrest this kind odious developments that are capable of derailing our democracy.”
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