The Ahmed Makarfi-led caretaker committee of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) led federal government of running Nigeria like a gestapo state. According to the PDP, Nigeria is fast drifting into a dictatorship and possible anarchy under the Buhari administration. This was contained in a statement distributed to the media by the party’s spokesman, Prince Dayo Adyeye.
PDP factional chairman, Alhaji Ahmed Makarfi The PDP lamented that prominent individuals that held public office in the last administration are being arrested and detained indefinitely without trial.
“For instance, the former governor of Benue state, Mr Gabriel Suswam was arrested by men of the Directorate of State Services (DSS) and has been in detention for over two months now without trial. “Also, the former governor of Niger state, Dr Babangida Aliyu was arrested on April 5, 2017 by officers of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) and like the others, he has been in detention and yet no case has been filed against him in any court by the anti-graft agency. “Former National Security Adviser (NSA), Colonel Sambo Dasuki has been in custody for about two years now without trial.
Similar brutality, arrest and mindless detention went on with other PDP leaders and members that were arrested by either the DSS or the EFCC. “It is also very clear in the Constitution of Nigeria that no security agency has the right or power to detain suspects more than 48 hours without trial. “Ironically, while former leaders and members of the PDP are being arrested indiscriminately and detained without trial, other former office holders of the ruling APC who have been accused of various corrupt practices are yet to be arrested.
Instead, they are compensated with juicy ministerial appointments -double standards. “We are in a constitutional democracy and as such, the present APC administration must lead by example and obey court orders. It is on record that most of these suspects have been granted bail by the courts of the land and the ECOWAS Court in the case of Col. Sambo Dasuki .This is sheer lawlessness!” The PDP accused the Buhari-led government of not respecting laid down rules .
The statement reiterated that the PDP is not against the anti-corruption campaign of the federal government, but warned that the Buhari administration must follow due process in dealing with issues of corruption as the PDP did during its governments. The party also called on the government to charge all those in detention to court and those grant bail to those the courts have freed. The party vowed to deploy all constitutional means both domestic and international to seek redress against what it described as gestapo rule, adding that Nigerians are fed up with the undemocratic rule of the APC-led government. “We advise this government to stop forthwith; all actions that tend to heat up the system and push citizens into taking extreme measures in self defence. “The economic hardship brought upon Nigerians by APC misrule is bad enough, abridging the people’s rights on top of that is like adding salt to injury”, the statement added. Meanwhile, the youth wing of the PDP has said that factional leader Senator Ali Modu Sheriff must tender an apology to Ex-President Goodluck Jonathan. The call comes on the heels of an incident in which Sheriff walked out on Jonathan at a peace meeting in Abuja recently.