Do not rule with Arms in a Democracy, Stop arresting our members – PDP Cautions APC

The Peoples’ Demo­cratic Party (PDP) led by Senator Ahmed Makarfi yesterday cau­tioned the ruling All pro­gressive Congress (APC) to stop ruling by arms in this era of democracy.
The party frowned against the untoward, un­constitutional and indis­criminate arrest and de­tention of PDP members and supporters nation­wide on phantom charges by the government of APC.
PDP, in a statement by its Spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said on February 4, 2017, the chapter Chairman of the party in Jigawa State, Mr Salisu Mamuda, was arrested for criticising the Jigawa State government against spending the sum of four hundred million naira only to entertain de­fectors from PDP to APC.
The party further ex­plained that Babatunde Gbadamosi, a governor­ship aspirant on the plat­form of PDP in Lagos State during the 2015 gu­ber poll was arrested by men of the Directorate of State Security Service (DSS) on February 17, 2017 on account of expos­ing the Forex racketeering by the APC-led govern­ment at the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN).
“Also on March 3, 2017, Alhaji Abdulrahman Mo­hammed, a PDP Chieftain in Kogi State was arrested on trump-up charges and detained illegally for criti­cising the wrong policies, misgovernance and non-performance of Governor Yahaya Bello.
“Just yesterday, April 9, 2017, Mr Austin Us­man Okai, a PDP Youth leader and frontline critic of the Yahaya Bello’s APC led government in Kogi State was arrested by men of the Police Special Anti-Robbery Squared (SARS) on phantom petitions by some cronies of the gov­ernor.
“There are also reports of indiscriminate arrest and detention of citizens of this country in Kaduna, Edo, Nasarawa amongst others at both the federal and state levels controlled by the Ruling All Progres­sive Congress (APC)”, the party said.
PDP described these actions of APC as absurd, disheartening and a seri­ous threat to the nation’s hard earned democracy, adding, “Nigerians cannot and should not be arrested and detained indiscrimi­nately for criticising and holding government ac­countable.
“Constructive criticism is the primary responsibil­ity of opposition in a de­mocracy all over the world and Nigeria cannot be an exception.