Police Withdraws Security Details of ‘New’ PDP Members, Saraki, Baraje, Others Affected
President Goodluck Jonathan appears to be all out against the members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who stormed out of the party’s convention last week Saturday to form a rival faction of the party known as the ‘New’ PDP.
Few hours after the police sealed the secretariat of the party located on a highbrow area of Maitama in Abuja and cordoned off the immediate environment of the building to prevent entry and exit into the building, a development that was reportedly ordered by President Jonathan, the police also withdrew the security details of some members of the faction.
Those whose security details were reported to have being withdrawn includes Governor Rotimi Amaechi of River State, Sen. Bukola Saraki and the factional PDP chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje.
Saraki’s security details all seven, including two at his residence in Abuja; three in his home in Ilorin; and the other two who are always at his call and beckon were all withdrawn yesterday allegedly on ‘orders from above’ and without any notice to the former governor.
According to the special adviser on media to Senator Saraki, Bamikole Omishore, the IG did not give any reason for the withdrawal of the security details nor was prior notice given.
There were strong indications that the withdrawal followed alleged security reports indicting Saraki as the arrowhead of the factionalization of the PDP.
It was also learnt that security reports indicated that Saraki is one of the strong pillars behind Governor Rotimi Amaechi, which led to the governor’s re-election in May as the Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF).
Similar, the factional chairman of the ‘New’ PDP, Alhaji Abubakar Baraje cried out thatbhis life is in danger because his security details have all been withdrawn.
“My life is now in danger, whatever happens to me now, people should know where it is coming from,” he said. “I’m now without security protection, and it is a move calculated to make me vulnerable to attacks,” he said.
There are also indications that he may also be dropped as Chairman of the Board of the Nigerian Railway Corporation (NRC).
“It is certainly a tit-for-tat policy; there is no way Baraje can remain in a government he has lost confidence in. I think he should have resigned the NRC job by now,” a source said.
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