FG Intensifies Clampdown On New PDP Members…This Is Militocrcy Says New PDP
The clampdown which began with the sealing up of the New PDP headquarters by the police in Abuja and was followed by the closure of the Adamawa State Government Lodge also in Abuja has now been extended to individuals in the party.
While a plot of land belonging to one of the frontline members of the New PDP and Kano State Governor, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, was revoked by the Federal Capital Territory Administration, our correspondent gathered that an event centre, A-Park, own by Senator Aisha Al-Hassan, a staunch member of the faction of the ruling party located near OAU Quarters in Maitama, Abuja, has been marked for demolition.
It was gathered that Al-Hassan had been served a notice of demolition by the Federal Capital Territory on the grounds that government wants to use the land for the monorail project in Abuja.
But Al-Hassan, who hails from Taraba State, however, insisted that she was given permission to build the event centre, adding that she might be forced to approach the court to stop the demolition.
In addition to these, the security detail of some prominent New PDP members such as Senator Danjuma Goje has also been withdrawn.
It will be recalled that the security details of a former governor of Kwara State, Dr. Bukola Saraki, who is a member of the faction of the party being led by Alhaji Kawu Baraje, were withdrawn by the authority.
Saraki is also being investigated by the Special Fraud Unit, an arm of the Police over the bond he took while in office on behalf of his state.
It was also gathered that the Police in Bayelsa State had declared the chairman of the faction in the state, Chief Richard Kpodo and secretary, Sivi Godswill wanted.
Apart from them, other members of the party in the state were said to have been declared wanted for allegedly belonging to a political party alien to the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Reacting to this development, the National Publicity Secretary of New PDP, Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, said the situation was alarming, as events in the country were similar to a combination of military and democracy rule, declaring it a “militocracy”.
According to Eze, “What is happening is against the dictates of Chapter 4, Sections 40 of the constitution, which allows freedom of association and liberty to freely associate.”
He said: “Democracy in Nigeria is under threat, as there are no longer guaranteed rights of association. This is not good for the development of democracy in the country. This is like the era of impunity.
“Atrocities are gradually being visited on our members because of our decision to oppose what is going on in the PDP. But we will not be intimidated.”
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