The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP has demanded the immediate release of the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, who was taken into custody yesterday January 5th by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, saying that the operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, is plotting to poison its National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh.
According to the party, the fact that its spokesperson was detained by the commission did not come as a shock to the party since the governing APC has “visibly not been comfortable with the stance the party has taken on the confused state of the nation under their watch”.
In a statement released by the party through its national secretary, Wale Oladipo, PDP said the arrest of Mr. Metuh underlines the growing political intolerance in the country and the imposing of a police state which was last Wednesday underscored by the President and Commander-in-Chief himself, who ‘defended why a government in a democracy should refuse to obey constitutional provision and boldly fail to comply with court orders’.
According the statement issued by PDP:
we have the intelligence that the arrest of our spokesperson, is part of a larger script by the government to ensure that PDP wings are finally clipped in their mission to install a dictatorial one-party state in the country.
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.
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 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 (for) his immediate release and that due process of investigation and prosecution concerning him should be strictly adhered to.
The party added that since Mr. Metuh was taken into custody by the commission, he has not been allowed to communicate with anybody and the commission also denied his lawyer access to him.
The party further defined the arrest of Mr. Metuh as the last straw that may break Nigeria’s democracy.
We therefore forewarn the Federal Government and its agencies to save our democracy and forthwith release our National Publicity Secretary.
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,”