Chris Steven, Abuja
Few days to Kogi state governorship election, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the harassment of its members by All Progressives Congress (APC) was the fallout of the meeting between the Presidency, security and Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh cautioned the APC-led government and the Police to note that there is a limit to which the people of Kogi state can stomach the unlawful harassment and detention of its members in the state ahead of Saturday governorship election.
“Our position is consequent upon the Save our Soul (SOS) message from our
Kogi state chapter, informing the national leadership that the police, using men of a special squad, have been arresting, beating up and invading homes of key PDP members in the state.
“Information available to us show that Police operatives, acting on the orders of the APC government have been hounding, beating-up and arresting PDP members and supporters in Igalamala, Ofu, Dekina, Ankpa
and Idah local governments and other areas in the state, ostensibly to intimidate and frighten the electorate and pave the way for some
compromised INEC officials to manipulate the electoral process in favour of the APC.
“We want Nigerians and the international community to note that this attack is a clear fall-out from the secret meeting between the
Presidency and security agencies and INEC, which we exposed earlier this
“The national leadership of the PDP condemns in the strongest possible terms, this reprehensible partisan deployment of state apparatus of power, which is a yet another clear indication that the Nigerian Police
may have become a compromised instrument in the hands of the APC federal government in its bid to forcefully take over PDP states.
“This intolerable and provocative operation by the Police cannot continue. Kogi state is a known PDP state and our members and supporters as free citizens cannot be treated as prisoners of war in a state where they are clearly in the majority.
“Consequently, we hereby state that we hold the Federal Government completely responsible should there be any civil unrest and/or breakdown of law and order in Kogi state or in any other part of the country where they have been exhibiting dictatorial and fascist tendencies,” the party said.