By Samuel Ogidan
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday described the alleged plots by the Police to use suspected cultists to implicate the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki as assaults on the institutions of democracy.
Recall that Saraki had yesterday raised the alarm over plot by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris to implicate him.
PDP, in a statement yesterday by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan expressed concern over reports by Saraki of alleged plots by the Police to use suspected cultists, who have been in detention, to implicate him and the Governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatah Ahmed.
The party said that it has taken judicious note of assertions by the President of the Senate that the said plot is allegedly being hatched by the IGP, Idris, “to settle scores” with the Senate over its recent declaration that he is not fit to hold public office.
“The PDP is alarmed by the trend of brazen assaults on the institutions of democracy, particularly the National Assembly and the judiciary, in addition to unrelenting attacks on dissenting voices, especially as we approach the 2019 general elections.
“Nigerians will recall that the PDP had earlier alerted of plots to arrest, harass, detain dissenting voices and opposition members on trumped-up charges, as well as intimidate institutions of democracy and pave the way for a one-party state in our country.
“Nigerians will further recall the invasion of the Senate chambers by thugs, who disrupted proceedings and carted away the mace. Only last Friday, hoodlums violently attacked a High Court in Rivers state with guns, in a bid to stop the judiciary from making pronouncements on an electoral matter,” it said.
PDP, has, however, charged the National Assembly to defend the nation’s democracy by sparing no energy in pursuing its resolution of engaging President Muhammadu Buhari on these assaults, in addition to putting in motion, all legislative instruments available to it, to curtail all excesses in government before the situation finally gets out of hand.