Lagos – The People’s Democratic Party (PDP)
has called on the international community to intervene amid allegations the
ruling All Progressives Congress was obstructing democracy.
The call follows the arrest of the former’s spokesperson,
Olisa Metuh, who was Tuesday morning detained by the Economic and Financial
Crimes Commission (EFCC) on allegations of corruption.
“We are also calling on the international community and
well-meaning Nigerians to stand up for this democracy, which our party nurtured
for 16 years and deepened to a level where the opposition, for the first time
in our political history, had the opportunity to win in a general election,” PDP National Secretary, Wale Oladipo, said.
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Oladipo alleged the arrest Metuh highlighted the growing
political intolerance in the country and the imposing of a police state.
“The excesses of security agencies under this government,
especially the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) and the EFCC, in
abridging the human rights of PDP members have become worrisome and a threat to
our democratic evolution,” said Oladipo.
“Nigerians and the international community will recall
that on a number of occasions, the PDP, through its spokesman has been
outspoken on some undemocratic proclivities being exhibited by the APC-led
Federal Government in the last seven months.”
The party demanded the immediate release of Metuh.
“The PDP insists that for whatever reason Chief
Metuh was arrested, his rights as a citizen under the law must not be trampled
upon. We therefore demand his immediate release and that due process of
investigation and prosecution concerning him should be strictly adhered to.”
- CAJ News