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.