The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has decried the harassment of the
Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, opposition leaders, and
voices of dissent, by the Federal Government.
The party accused the government of misusing the anti-graft and security
agencies close to the 2019 general election, stressing that such posed a
grave threat to the nation’s democracy.
Reacting to what it described as Senator Ekweremadu’s wish-hunt by the
Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday, the party
called on the international community to reign in the President
Muhammadu Buhari- led administration before it becomes too late.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola
Ologbodiyan on Tuesday, the party said: “Just a few days after the EFCC
and over 200 policemen practically held Senator Ekweremadu hostage to
prevent the defection of All Progressives Congress (APC) Senators to the
PDP, the EFCC has continued to harass Senator Ike Ekweremadu to cover
“We wish to remind Nigerians and the international community that this
is only the newest in the series of attempts to destroy the Senator
politically in the run up to the 2019 general elections.
“It is of grave concern to us that while corruption and corrupt persons
abound in the APC, the EFCC prefers to chase after innocent members of
“While the likes of Babachir Lawal, Abba Kyari, Ayo Oke, Kemi Adeosun,
Abdulrasheed Maina and his accomplices, Okoi Obono-Obla, and scores of
others in the ruling APC, with corruption and fraud related charges,
walk free, the anti-graft agencies have continued in its reckless
desperation to harass and dent leaders of the opposition in the name of
an anti-corruption war that Nigerians and the world have come to see for
what it is- persecution of the opposition.
“We warn the Buhari-led administration to desist from this act of
highhandedness and witch-hunt of the opposition so as not to torpedo our
“The panicky APC government cannot not be allowed to tar and destroy
opposition leaders just a few months to the general election in the name
of fighting corruption”.