The Senate President of Nigeria, Dr Bukola Saraki, may be set to be forcefully removed from office by the Nigeria Police and the Department of State Security Services (DSS) if allegations by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is to be believed.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP National Publicity, issued a statement in Abuja yesterday, where he claimed the party condemned “the continued clampdown, harassment, intimidation, arrest, and detention” of members of the Civil Society Organisations, CSOs, by the current All Progressives Congress (APC) administration presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari.
According Ologbondiyan, the plot against Saraki, “which is akin to the last invasion of the National Assembly by anti-democratic forces, is to scuttle the success being recorded by the PDP Presidential Campaign Organisation, in its consultations and winning campaigns across the nation, ahead of the 2019 general elections.”
Part of the statement read: “Part of the plot is to use the Police and the DSS, to fabricate spurious charges against Senator Saraki, distract him, and destabilise the PDP Presidential Campaign, a scheme the PDP described as dead on arrival, as Nigerians are solidly behind the PDP, in the mission to rescue the nation from the misrule of the APC. The PDP is privy to clandestine meetings by the Buhari Presidency and the leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC, which has not been able to constitute a Presidential campaign organization, on ways to derail the PDP Presidential campaign by going against Senator Saraki.
“Of particular reference is the re-arresting and continued detention of a right activist, Deji Adeyanju, by the Police for a matter, which documents, in the public domain, show he has been discharged and acquitted by the court. Information available shows that the authorities have not been comfortable with Deji Adeyanju’s criticisms. However, arresting and detaining him on a matter for which there has been a conclusive judicial determination 9 years ago is in clear violation of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and in direct infringement of his right as a citizen under the law.”