PDP, on Tuesday, alleged that the Federal Government was building more prison, planning to descend on PDP members in 2018.
The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Mr. Uche Secondus, stated these in Abuja at the opening of a two-day retreat for members of the newly elected National Working Committee of the party.
Secondus warned that those building the prisons might be the occupiers, adding that it was wrong for the Federal Government to be persecuting members of the PDP because of their refusal to defect to the ruling APC.
“We learnt that they are building more prisons. Let them go ahead and build more. They will be the one to stay there,” he said.
Secondus continued, “We learnt that they are coming after our members in January. Let them continue. How many people will they put in jail? They should stop intimidating people. They should remember that almost everybody they had put in jail wrongly came back to become President. This is because they were jailed unjustifiably. So, if they are persecuting us, let them continue. But we will not withdraw the ultimatum we gave them to quit Aso Rock in 2019.”
Secondus stated that it was wrong to assume that the PDP was not ready to fight corruption, stressing that the regime of former President Olusegun Obasanjo established institutions that he said “are currently waging a war against graft in the country,” adding that the former President did not spare members of the PDP then, unlike now when he alleged that the ruling party “protects its members.”
“We stabilised the structure to fight corruption. Obasanjo, a PDP President, started the fight against corruption. He fought our members. But unlike now, no matter how corrupt you are, if you don’t want to be arrested, just defect to the APC,” he stated. “APC should stop intimidating our leaders. We will no longer take it; enough is enough. They don’t need to attack us; they should fulfill what they promised us. Enough of this; we are not in a military era. What I am telling them is that God is not sleeping. When the time comes, the people will speak through their votes. We handed over freely in 2015 and they should be prepared to hand over to us. No amount of intimidation will distract Nigerians.”
“There is nowhere in the world where a former Senate President has been harassed like this before,” he added.
Seems some prisons may be filled by 2018. 🙁