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PDP to APC: Don’t vent your frustration on innocent Nigerians

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)has asked the All Progressives Congress (APC) not to “vent its frustration” on innocent Nigerians.

Kola Ologbondiyan, spokesman of PDP, said this in a statement on Tuesday while reacting to the alleged harassment and detention of his party members across the country.

Ologbondiyan said the APC government is intolerant of opposition parties because it has realised that its chances of getting re-elected in 2019 are slim.

He said the party would reject any attempt by anybody to suppress the constitutionally guaranteed rights of the people.

“The APC has failed and should not be allowed to vent its frustration on innocent Nigerians,” the statement read.

“Opposition members are now being arrested, manhandled and detained, with some of them having their family houses demolished for holding and expressing opinion even under a democracy.

“Currently, our members and supporters in many states including Edo, Rivers, Kaduna, Kogi, Borno, Adamawa and others are being hounded for expressing opinion, particularity on the exposed corruption, abuses, constitutional violations and incompetence of the APC administration.

“Our Edo state chairman, chief Dan Orbih was summoned, questioned and his personal freedom curtailed by the police in Edo state for daring to speak against corruption in the state, an action which the unscrupulous officers at the command boasted will teach him and PDP members in the state, a lesson. We commend chief Dan Orbih for his forthrightness even in the face of harassments and intimidation by the APC.

“In Kogi state, there are reports of APC agents attacking and destroying property belonging to opposition members and supporters. Nigerians have not forgotten how the APC government in Kaduna state demolished property belonging to opposition members and perceived political opponents; how the PDP secretariat in Borno was destroyed and how our property and those of our supporters were destroyed by agents of government in Adamawa state.

“We decry this raging intimidation of our party officials, members and supporters and call on all good-spirited Nigerians and the international community to stand up and condemn this drift towards a stone age despotism.”