Reps PDP cau­cus al­lege plot by APC to muz­zle op­po­si­tion

Group dis­owns Enugu peace par­ley, as­pi­rants sign peace ac­cord

The Guardian (Nigeria) - - NEWS - From Adamu Abuh, Az­i­mazi Mo­moh Ji­moh (Abuja) and Sam Oluwalana (Ibadan)

MEM­BERS of the op­po­si­tion Peo­ples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) cau­cus of the House of Rep­re­sen­ta­tives yes­ter­day rose from an emer­gency meet­ing in­sist­ing that there were moves by the rul­ing All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) to muz­zle op­po­si­tion.

The House Deputy Mi­nor­ity Leader, Mr. Chuk­wuma Onyema in a state­ment on be­half of the group called on Nige­ri­ans to re­sist such anti-demo­cratic ploys aimed at neu­tral­iz­ing po­lit­i­cal op­po­si­tion be­fore the 2019 elec­tions.

The group noted that it was very un­for­tu­nate that both the rul­ing party and the gov­ern­ment have de­nied the ex­is­tence of such an agenda al­ready be­ing car­ried out. Say­ing the ar­rests were due to the fail­ure by the APC led gov­ern­ment to live up to its cam­paign prom­ises, the cau­cus ex­pressed dis­ap­point­ment that an anti graft out­fit like the EFCC has been drawn into the se­cret agen- da.

It noted: “All peo­ple of good­will must feel con­cerned that this gov­ern­ment seems poised to con­tinue its clue­less bum­bling from one mis­cal­cu­la­tion to an­other, with a des­per­ate hope that gov­ern­ment agen­cies like EFCC can be used for strong-arm tac­tics against the op­po­si­tion to­wards guar­an­tee­ing APC and its failed pro­pa­ganda ma­chin­ery an un­de­served vic­tory in 2019.

“It will not work be­cause no mat­ter what des­per­ate plan they hatch, PDP is com­ing into power in 2019. No one should be de­ceived or lulled into in­ac­tion by the APC de­nial of their agenda for politi­cized ar­rests in the count­down to 2019.’’

APC’S Spokesper­son, Malam Bo­laji Ab­dul­lahi, had last week while re­act­ing to such claim de­nied al­le­ga­tions that the party was keen on muz­zling the op­po­si­tion par­ties in the polity. Ac­cord­ing to him: “We are a po­lit­i­cal party, we don’t ar­rest peo­ple. So if any­body has is­sue with peo­ple who have the power of ar­rest and in­ter­ro­ga­tion, they should go and deal with them.

“You don’t politi­cize it. We here our busi­ness is that of win­ning elec­tions. We are a po­lit­i­cal party and win­ning souls for the party. We don’t ar­rest peo­ple. So if any­body is be­ing ar­rested, it is not our busi­ness but if you have is­sues with law en­forcers, you should go and an­swer the ques­tion. So, there is noth­ing po­lit­i­cal about it.” Mean­while, the South West cau­cus of the PDP has disso- ciated them­selves from the peace par­ley or­gan­ised by some gov­er­nors and some as­pi­rants in Enugu for the na­tional chair­man­ship of the party.

And with the ex­cep­tion of Chief Bode Ge­orge, all other as­pi­rants for the po­si­tion of Na­tional Chair­man of the PDP signed a peace ac­cord at the party’s na­tional sec­re­tar­iat yes­ter­day.

Chair­man of the party’s na­tional care­taker com­mit­tee, Se­na­tor Ahmed Makarfi, how­ever ex­plained that Ge­orge promised to sign the doc­u­ment to­day.

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