The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has alleged that the APC-led Federal Government is planning to clamp down on major opposition leaders anytime soon.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the spokesperson for the party, made the accusation on Saturday, May 19, in a statement
Ologbondiyan alleged that those targeted included individuals, main opposition figures and perceived political opponents, who expressed views different from those of the APC ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“It is instructive to inform you that our leaders, particularly our National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, have been receiving threats since the PDP filed a petition to the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Nations, detailing documented threats to democracy by the APC and its Federal Government, abuse of human rights, mass killings, extrajudicial executions, persecution of opposition and unabated constitutional violations.”
Ologbondiyan further stated that, “the PDP is aware of clandestine plots against key opposition leaders, particularly members of the PDP National Working Committee, some dissenting members of the APC, members of the civil society, opinion leaders, journalists and bloggers, who refuse to succumb to intimidation and that such persons have already been listed and currently being trailed by agents of the state.
“This has become manifest in the plot to rope members of ‘nPDP’, especially those in the National Assembly, into gun-running and murder charges just because they came out to voice their opposition to the APC government’s constitutional violations and executive brigandage in the running of our nation’s affairs.”
According to him, the Federal Government will clamp down on the opposition using wanton arrests, manhandling and detention of opposition leaders on trumped-up charges, as well as illegal invasion of their homes and businesses by agents of the state.
He explained that the PDP had discovered that apart from allegations of corruption, there were also plots to clamp down and detain opposition leaders for charges bordering on treason.
The National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Bolaji Abdullahi, could not be reached for comments as he was said to be attending the APC state congress in Ilorin, the Kwara State capital.