Friday, 8 January 2016

Ekweremadu Blasts President Buhari Govt Arrests Of PDP Members

Nigeria’s Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu has condemned the crackdown of members of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).

In a statement released on his behalf by Uche Anichukwu, his special adviser (media), Ekweremadu warned against the continued harassment of PDP members under the guise of anti-corruption war by the Muhammadu Buhari administration.

Senator Ekweremadu who reaffirmed his party’s support for the anti-corruption war, however, frowned at a situation where the anti-graft campaign becomes a move to opposition figures in the country, while members of the ruling party with serious corruption allegations are roaming the streets free.

Ekweremadu’s statement is in reaction to the recent arrest and detention of the PDP’s national publicity secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, who was arrested by of the EFCC on Tuesday, January 5.

According to Ekweremadu, the continued detention of the PDP spokesman was an attempt to gag and intimidate the opposition, adding that it is unhealthy for Nigeria’s democracy.

He said: ”An anti-graft trap that catches only members of the opposition and those with axe to grind with the government of the day is compromised.”

He called on the nation to denounce and resist the prevailing situation where people are held in custody against the directives of the courts and laws of the land, insisting that there would be no justice without the rule of law.

Recall that two days ago, the PDP raised an alarm over alleged plans by the EFCC to poison Chief Metuh. In a statement obtained by Naij.com, the party stated that:

”This onslaught against our spokesman, according to intelligence available to us is part of a larger script by the government to ensure that PDP wings are finally clipped in their mission to install a dictatorial one-party state in the country.”

Meanwhile, the PDP National Youth Frontier (PDP NYF) has called for the resignation of Chief Metuh. In a statement signed by its national coordinator, Usman Okai Austin, the body noted with great concern the various allegations and charges against some PDP members that served in government, even as these allegations and charges are yet to be proven.