The Peoples Democratic Party has raised the alarm over the harassment of the immediate past National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki.
The party’s Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who spoke to journalists in Abuja on Friday shortly after he was prevented from gaining entrance into Dasuki’s Asokoro home, warned against political persecution and victimisation of those who served under the last administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.
He said he had to hurriedly cut short his trip after reading about what he described as unlawful restriction of the rights of movement of the former NSA.
He said: “I came into Abuja today because I read the situation about the invasion of the house of the former NSA and his detention and house arrest. So, I drove to his house as a personal friend to see him and to find out what was happening. Then about seven or eight security operatives came out and said I cannot see him because the house is under security watch. And I asked them, ‘security watch in terms of treason or terrorism?’ And they said they are not in a position to say.
” The fact is that we deserve basic freedom, liberty and movements associated with democracy”.
According to the PDP Spokesman, Nigerians are getting scared of what he alleged is constant violation of the rule of law, human rights and military style of leadership.
He urged Buhari to begin to see himself as “the father of the nation and everyone, not serving any other interest”.
Metuh alleged that there were certain individuals especially Buhari’s aides who have hijacked power to harass and intimidate perceived enemies of the President.
He warned that if the persecution and unlawful arrest of members of the opposition PDP or individuals who served under President Goodluck Jonathan was unchecked, Nigeria could be heading towards military dictatorship or democratic anarchy similar to Mugabe’s Zimbabwe.
“There are certain activities by some of his aides and people around him; it’s like they are taking us back to the military era where we came from. There has never been any situation where people will be held against their will. It is completely against his fundamental human rights. And we should be careful here because this was how it started in Zimbabwe and other countries. Before you know it we have a dictatorship. You cannot scare us”, he said.
Speaking further, Metuh reminded Buhari that PDP members and others who served under Jonathan “are not guilty because we served under a former President.”
He continued: “We are not guilty because we lost an election. We are not losers in a war. We lost an election, not a war. We are not prisoners of war and we should not be treated like prisoners of war.
What we demand is that we deserve respect; there is Rule of Law. We will not condone corrupt activities or any other unlawful or illegal act. If anybody has committed anything against the laws of Nigeria, let him be invited, let there be investigation.
“If there is a warrant of arrest or a judge can rule that he should be detained but the fact that you shroud things in mystery and you invade someone’s house, occupy his house and detain him against his will. It’s an anathema in democracy.
“Let our inalienable rights be observed and respected in a democracy. Freedom, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What is happening here now is totally against the tenets of democracy.”
‘With what I have done, my re-election will be easy’- Sanwo-Olu
The Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has said he is confident that citizens of the state will re-elect him during the 2023 election based on his experience of governance.
Sanwo-Olu stated this during the Sunday Politics programme aired on Channels Television on Sunday
In response to the question about the viability of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, Dr. Olajide Adediran, and his running mate, Funke Akindele, the governor noted that the politics of Lagos State is not a circus and requires competent hands in order to steer the ship of the state.
He said, “If you have an emergency at 3 am, who would you call, what are your chances? Will you call a man that has the experience that has gone through the trenches before, that lives with it, that understands what the issues are and that appreciates what challenge you have even at that 3am? Or will you leave your chance to a man who does not know where the dial is and does not know what the issue of governance is?
“This is Lagos, this is an informed audience. This is not a tea party. We are talking of real governance and the lives of over 20 million Nigerians bigger than the economy of Ghana or Kenya which is in itself a country. It is not a circus, it is a real thing and I don’t want to spite anyone because I have respect for all of the candidates that have emerged and the candidate of the particular party you are talking about.
“But how do you begin to start, what about his pedigree? You can’t run a business of 100 people but you want to run an economy. The governance of Lagos is not a trial and error, you need to hit the ground running. Lagosians have seen the experience and they will vote for a man that will roll up his sleeves to keep the city safe, the biggest and safest city, that provides opportunities for people, and that is Babajide Sanwo-Olu.”
Sanwo-Olu also explained that the state has psychologically recovered from the effects of the #EndSARS protests, but the infrastructural recovery would take a much longer time.
He added, “I can say that we have recovered psychologically, but we are still working out the infrastructural recovery because infrastructure is not something that you can finish in one day, so the infrastructural renewal is still an ongoing budgetary allocation. For example, regarding the major court in Lagos, the Igbosere High Court, we are planning a 15-storey edifice that will take about 60 courts at once. It will be an imposing structure we are bringing back and this will take time.
“However, in terms of the psychology of the people, I believe that the city and myself have learned and understood our lessons because it was collateral damage that ought to have had nothing to do with it. In the last two years, people are more discerning and they can indeed see the reality of a one-day perception and a two-year perception.
“We are not taking anybody or anything for granted and conversations are going and what they want is not about what has happened but what this government is doing to improve each and every one of us, and what opportunities the government is providing for young people.”
Buhari’s nephew dumps APC after reportedly meeting Atiku
Fatuhu Muhammad, a member representing Daura/Sandamu/Maiadua Federal Constituency, has dumped the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Muhammad, who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s nephew, announced his resignation in a letter addressed to APC Chairman of Sarkin Yara’ A’ Ward, Daura.
He dumped the party after losing during the Party’s primary election to Aminu Jamu.
Muhammad’s decision followed a meeting with Atiku Abubakar, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, presidential candidate.
The letter reads: “This is to notify you that I have resigned my membership from the All Progressives Congress with immediate effect.
“Attached herewith is my Party Membership Registration slip with slip No. KT/DRA/10/00002.
“While I thank you and the Party for the opportunity given to me to serve the interest of the people of Daura/ Sandamu/ Mai ‘Adua Federal Constituency while working with the Party, accept my best wishes.”
APC considers Badaru, Umahi, Akeredolu, five other Govs as Presidential Campaign Directors
Indications emerged last night that Governors Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, Dave Umahi of Ebonyi State, and Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State may emerge as the Presidential Campaign Directors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign for the 2023 general election.
Other governors being considered include Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, Ben Ayade of Cross River State, Sani Bello of Niger State, Inuwa Yahaya of Gombe State and Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State.
It was gathered that while Badaru has been pencilled down as the head of the Bola Ahmed Tinubu Presidential Campaign in the North, Umahi will take charge of the South.
The investigation also revealed that the ruling party has also created Zonal Directorates for the six geopolitical zones.
Each of the six zonal directorates, it was learnt, would be headed by a serving governor.
Multiple sources confirmed that barring any unforeseen circumstances, the Imo State Governor, Uzodimma will oversee the Tinubu presidential campaign in the South-east. The sources also disclosed that Governor Ayade of Cross River State will head the South-south.
According to the sources, Akeredolu will head the campaign in South-west states consisting of Lagos, while Kano State Governor, Dr Ganduje, and Niger State Governor, Bello, will head the North-west and North Central campaign teams, respectively.
Similarly, the Gombe State, Yahaya, has been proposed to head the North-east.
However, the proposal is subject to ratification by the NWC and approval of President Muhammadu Buhari.
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