The new PDP Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus took a swipe at the APC government led by President Muhammadu Buhari for intimidating only the PDP member in the guise of fighting corruption.
It also said that the government was planning to descend on PDP members in 2018 by hounding them into prisons across the nation.
The National Chairman of the 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 accused the Federal Government of building more prisons to accommodate PDP members in 2018. He said, â€œWe learnt that they are building more prisons. Let them go ahead and build more. They will be the one to stay there.
â€˜â€™We learnt that they are coming after our members in January. Let them continue. How many people will they put in jail?.
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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 All Progressives Congress.
â€œThey should stop intimidating people. They should remember that almost everybody they had put in jail wrongly came back to become President.
â€œThis 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.â€
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 â€œare currently waging a war against graft in the country.â€
The PDP chairman added that the former President did not spare members of the PDP then, unlike now when he alleged that the ruling party â€œprotects its members.â€
â€œWe 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 donâ€™t want to be arrested, just defect to the APC,â€ he added.
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Speaking when he received members of the Board of Trustees of the party earlier, Secondus called on the Federal Government to stop intimidating members of the party.
He said, â€œAPC should stop intimidating our leaders. We will no longer take it; enough is enough. They donâ€™t need to attack us; they should fulfil what they promised us.
â€œEnough 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.
â€œWe handed over freely in 2015 and they should be prepared to hand over to us. No amount of intimidation will distract Nigerians.â€
Secondus condemned the alleged harassment of the former President of the Senate, David Mark, by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission.
â€œThere is nowhere in the world where a former Senate President has been harassed like this before,â€ he added.
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