PDP demands immediate release of Kaduna State Spokesperson

February 11th, 2019

By Myke Uzendu, Abuja

The Peoples Demo­cratic Party (PDP) has completely rejected the on-going clampdown, unlawful arrest and detention of her officials and mem­bers in various parts of the country by the Bu­hari Presidency and the All Progressives Con­gress (APC) ahead of the general election.

The spokesperson of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign in Kaduna State, Ben Bako, was last arrested by men of Directorate of State Security Services and taken to Abuja for an undisclosed offence.

But the PDP has de­scribed the incident as highly provocative and a direct invitation to anar­chy and a political crisis that is capable of derail­ing the nation’s demo­cratic order.

The Director of Media and Publicity, PDP Pres­idential Campaign Or­ganisation, Kola Olog­bondiyan, in a Press Conference at the PDP National Secretariat, Wadata House, Abuja expressed the party’s concerns over the un­warranted arrest of the Director of Media Com­mittee of the Kaduna state PDP Governorship Campaign Organiza­tion, Mr. Ben Bako, who has been detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) since last weekend.

He said, “We are aware that Mr. Ben Bako’s ar­rest is prelude to the planned clampdown of our campaign officials by the Buhari Presiden­cy and the APC, whose aim is to instill fear in the polity, incite crisis and derail the electoral process, having real­ized that they have lost in this election ahead of the polls.

“It is instructive to state that the DSS has given no reason for Mr. Ben Bako’s arrest and detention, but only act­ed on the orders of the APC as expressed by the Assistant Publicity Sec­retary of Kaduna APC, Salisu Tanko Wusono, who openly stated that Mr. Bako deserves his ordeal.

“Further reports reaching us at the PDP from our Kaduna State chapter indicate that many of our lead­ers including former governors of Kaduna state, Senator Ahmed Markarfi and Alhaji Mukhtar Ramalan Yero; PDP Kaduna state chap­ter chairman, Chief Fe­lix Hyat and the former PDP state chairman, Al­haji Yahaya Yaro Maka­ma among others, have been listed for clamp down and are now being trailed by agents of the APC.

“We have also been informed of plots by the APC and the Buhari Presidency to track down and detain PDP criti­cal stakeholders in other parts of the country, so as to put them out of circu­lation before and during the general elections.”

The party however cautions the Buhari Presidency and the APC to note that their plot, as well as the continued detention of Ben Bako, is setting the stage for a vehement resistance by the people, which is ca­pable of triggering crisis and disrupting the fragile peace in Kaduna state.

The PDP demands the immediate and uncondi­tional release of Mr. Ben Bako by the DSS without hurt or further harass­ment stressing that it will hold the APC and the Buhari Presidency di­rectly responsible should any harm, whatsoever, befall any of its leaders or members, particularly in Kaduna state ahead of the elections.

They called on the Na­tional Peace Committee to speak out against the provocations by the APC and the Buhari Presi­dency against the party, which are in total nega­tion of the spirit and let­ters of the peace accord.

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