The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, has raised an alarm, alleging plots by President Muhammadu Buhari’s Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, to arrest some key Leaders of the opposition party, on trumped up charges, before the 2019 general elections.
Secondus listed the PDP Presidential Candidate, Atiku Abubakar; his running mate, Peter Obi; President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; and other Leaders of the party, as some of those marked for arrest.
In a statement issued on Monday, by Secondus’ Media Aide, Ike Abonyi, the party Chairman warned that the country would explode any moment, if the EFCC Chairman, Ibrahim Magu, continues with such impunity.
Alleging plots to prefer framed up charges against the PDP Chieftains, the main opposition party Chairman, further warned that the country is presently sitting on a gunpowder.
Prince Secondus further cautioned the EFCC Chairman, saying that, he will not get away with the hatchet job he has taken upon himself, by using instruments of State to harass and intimidate opposition figures.
Regretting that Magu has made himself a willing tool for oppression, Secondus said that available intelligence indicated that the EFCC Chairman was working in cahoots with some prominent Chieftains of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
“They are presiding over clandestine meetings, and developing strategies for the APC, which is aimed at caging and crushing critical Leaders of the opposition”, Secondus said.
The PDP Chairman, stated that aside the arrest and detention of the targeted opposition Leaders, their family members, and business Associates, have also been lined up for intimidation and harassment, including freezing their business interests, and their bank accounts.
He described as an afterthought fabrication, the EFCC’s statement that the two sons of Atiku, whose residence were raided by Operatives on the Commission, on Saturday, were not the target of the raid.
Prince Secondus recalled the security search on Atiku, on November 11, when he arrived in the country from Dubai, saying that, the country has gone into full blown dictatorship.
“After that embarrassment and harassment which was aimed at intimidating the Candidate, and nothing incriminating was found on him, no apology was extended to him as a former number two citizen.
“They followed it up with the freezing of the bank accounts of our Vice Presidential Candidate, as well as that of his friends, and family members, as part of a large scheme to keep the party distracted from its focus of regaining power in 2019”, the statement added.
The PDP Chairman disclosed that the script being played by the ruling party, was meant to bring key opposition Leaders to their knees, with a view to grounding them, framing them up, and putting them behind bars, before the 2019 elections.
He called on all lovers of democracy and rule of law, especially the international community, to rein in President Muhammadu Buhari, Magu, and the APC, to observe the tenets of democracy, that respect the sanctity of the opposition and human rights.