Members of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the 8th Assembly, under the aegis of PDP Caucus, have condemned the continued clampdowns on members of the opposition by “some cabals within the Presidency.”
This is coming on the heels of the allegation by the Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, that plans were underway by the Presidency, to plant some foreign currencies and other items in his Enugu apartment, with the motive to arrest and humiliate him.
Briefing the Senate Press Corps on Wednesday, the PDP caucus said it would no longer accept the intimidation,liking the development to the era of late Military Tyrant, Sanni Abacha.
Speaking on behalf of other Senators, former Deputy Governor of Abia and Spokesman for the group, Senator Eyinaya Abaribe, also condemned the arrest and continued detention of former Governors of Benue, Gabriel Suswam, Jigawa, Sule Lamido, Niger, Babangida Aliyu and other members of the opposition, for daring to criticise the ruling party.
“The plan is not limited to only Deputy Senate President, some PDP Governors and other top shots in the party, including some APC members with dessenting voices are on their list.
“It is an abuse of their fundamental human rights. We condemn it in its entirely. We won’t succumb to this intimidation and we won’t go back to the days of Abacha”, Abaribe said.
He said, “a case whereby, someone would wake up in the morning, drive your car, go and park it at the DSS office and plant a gun in it, like that of Suswam’s, should be resisted”.
The PDP Senators totally objected to the idea of security agencies searching one’s residence without proper warrant and in their absence.