PDP decries alleged unlawful arrest of members nationwide
Kano police in custody of 28 ‘political thugs’
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday rejected what it called “the ongoing clampdown, unlawful arrest and detention of our officials and members in various parts of the country by the Buhari presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the general elections.”
It stated: “This is highly provocative and a direct invitation to anarchy and a political crisis that is capable of derailing our democratic order.”
Briefing journalists yesterday in Abuja, the party’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, noted: “Our party is concerned by the unwarranted arrest of the Director of Media Committee of the Kaduna State PDP Governorship Campaign Organisation, Mr. Ben Bako, who has been detained by the Department of State Services (DSS) since last weekend.
“We are aware that Mr. 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 realised that they have lost even before the polls.”He continued: “It is instructive to state that the DSS has given no reason for Mr. 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.”
Besides, security operatives have arrested the former chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Kaduna State, Alhaji Yaro Makama Rigachikun. The arrest comes 72 hours after Bako’s.The party state publicly secretary, Abraham Catoh, who confirmed the incident, said the pioneer chair was whisked away by the secret police for reasons yet unknown.In a related development, the Kano Police Command has confirmed the arrest of 28 “political thugs” in connection with the destruction of public property during the PDP presidential campaign on Sunday in the state.
The Commissioner of Police, Mohammad Wakili, told reporters in the metropolis that the suspects were found with dangerous weapons, promising due diligence.The new CP, who just resumed duties following his deployment from Katsina State, read a riot act to would-be offenders.He said the force would do its best to secure lives and properties as well as ensure peaceful elections in the state.
Wakili pledged that the police under his watch would be neutral. Kano has, in last 72 hours, witnessed an upsurge in political tension following attacks on the homes of the state chairman of the ruling APC, Prince Abdullahi Abbas, and that of the PDP gubernatorial candidate, Abba Kabiru Yusuf.
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