The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Kaduna State chapter has said that Nigerians and members of the international are no longer safe in the hands of All Progressives Congress, APC-led government.
The party assured that despite of all challenges, the days of APC both in Kaduna State and Nigeria were now numbered.
The Kaduna State PDP chairman, Mr. Felix Hassan Hyat, in a statement following the series of arrests of members of the party in the state said, “A clear indication that not only Nigerians are unsafe in the hands of APC government, but even the members of the International Community that may air a contrary opinion to its policies.”
He lamented, “Democracy is seriously under threat in Nigeria, starting with Kaduna State.
“We as a party will continue to fight the cause of justice to ensure that democracy finds its roots firmly in Nigeria and Kaduna State in particular.
“Now that the security agencies have come out openly to fight the opposition party in the state on behalf of the ailing ruling party, we have no alternative than to view them as an integral part of the APC.
“The promised neutrality of the security agencies/INEC as enumerated by the Commissioner of Police himself on the February 5, 2019, during the signing of the Kaduna Peace Accord has now been breached. Our confidence is shaken. As a party ,we will review our commitment to the Peace Accord and let our good people of Kaduna State, the National and the International Community know our stand.
“The arrests of our members and leaders will not deter our resolve to send the APC government packing on February 16, 2019.”
The party explained that in the first week of December, 2018, they started hearing rumours that the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufa’i in collaboration with State
Security agencies would arrest strong PDP members, days before the elections.
He explained, “We took it as mere rumours. The reality is now on ground and the action has started.
“On February 2, 2019, Alhaji Imam Lawal was escorted by security agents along Coronation Road, Kaduna in the evening. His car was thoroughly ransacked but nothing incriminating was found.
“On Thursday, February 7, 2019 Alhaji Audi Yaro, Makaman Rigachikun, a former State Chairman and National Ex-Officio was invited to the Kaduna State Police Command Headquarters.
His crime was recalling the campaign speech of President Muhammadu Buhari in
2011 general elections, where Buhari as Presidential Candidate then has said in Hausa, “ku kasa, ku tsare, ku raka, ku jira, in ba a baku ba ku buge”.
“On Saturday, February 9, 2019, Hon. Ben Bako, a strong PDP member a former Commissioner of Information in the state and now Director of Media in the present PDP Campaign Organization, was picked by operatives from DSS and taken to Abuja that same night and is yet to be released.
“On Monday, February11, 2019, Alhaji Imam Lawal was again invited to the State DSS office where he was interrogated for sometimes before he was later released.
“On the same Monday, 11th February, 2019, Alhaji Audi Yaro, Makaman Rigachikun, was again invited by the State DSS operatives and taken to Abuja and is yet to be released.”
He appealed to all PDP supporters and the public to remain calm, adding that arresting our leaders cannot stop PDP from being voted into office on 16h February and 2nd March, 2019 to replace an unwanted monster in the corridors of power loading it over innocent citizens humiliation/intimidation will only strengthen Nigerians resolve to keep on the struggle.
“We call on all peace loving Nigerians and concerned international community to recall the recent threats of the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufa’i to send back monitoring observers out of the country in “body bags”.
“Instead of the APC ruling party to caution him and apologize to the Nigerian public and international community, it rather shamelessly corroborated his statement.
“A clear indication that not only Nigerians are unsafe in the hands of APC government, but even the members of the international community that may air a contrary opinion to its policies.
“We are aware of the Government intention to use the military in the elections are purely a civil exercise. So also the planned use of Vigilante (Kato da Gora) outfit by the Kaduna State Government during the elections.”