By Myke Uzendu, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration is using security agencies, particularly the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), to hound and harass PDP leaders in a renewed move to weaken opposition parties ahead of 2023 general elections.
The party in a statement on Saturday by it’s National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan stated that no amount of intimidation, harassment and use of anti-graft agencies to clampdown on its leaders on trump up corruption charges, can cow or make the PDP to surrender or abdicate the mandate by Nigerians to rescue the nation, come 2023.
“The APC knows that it has been rejected by Nigerians having failed woefully and that there is no way it can win elections under any condition.
‘As such, it seeks to use the state apparatus of power to decimate and muzzle opposition and dissenting voices and foist an anti-democratic situation on Nigerians”.
The opposition party claimed that part of the plot is to use the EFCC to bully, harass and hound PDP leaders with a view to coercing them to abdicate the mandate of the people and join the APC.
“This explains why the EFCC and other security agencies have been harassing PDP leaders such as former Senate President Bukola Saraki, former PDP state governors, including the former governor of Abia state, Senator Theodore Orji, former governor of Bayelsa State, Seriake Dickson, his Kano State counterpart, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and other key PDP leaders, on trump up charges, while their counterparts in the APC with similar allegations as well as others who had defected to the APC are moving around freely.
“Even corrupt officials of the APC administration, who are looting our national treasury, are doing so freely, under Buhari’s watch” alleges PDP.
The party claimed to be aware of plots by the APC administration to use the EFCC to further harass outspoken PDP chieftains in a bid to muzzle the party, force a one-party state and deny Nigerians a voice to challenge the atrocities of the APC and its administration.
“We alert Nigerians of how many of our leaders are being harassed by emissaries of the APC in a bid to get them to compromise their stand against the corrupt and inept APC administration.
“If the APC had done well; if it had not devastated Nigerians and brought so much pain to the people; if the APC had managed our national resources well instead of engaging in unbridled treasury looting, stealing over N15 trillion naira and turning our nation into poverty capital of the world; if APC had not compromised our national security and threw our nation open to bandits, insurgents and terrorists, would it not be celebrating by now instead of this plot to force the people to submission?” the party queried.
The statement reminded the ruling party to note that their evil enterprise cannot bend it’s leaders or sway Nigerians to jettison their determination to oust the APC from office at all levels across the country, come 2023.
The PDP called on the EFCC Chairman to quickly insulate the commission from APC’s manipulative enterprise, which ruined the former leadership of the Commission.