22nd August, 2021
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) of using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to harass its members, ahead of the 2023 general election.
PDP made the accusation in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Saturday.
Ologbondiyan referenced allegations against former Senate President, Bukola Saraki, former Abia State Governor, Theodore Orji, former Bayelsa Governor, Seriake Dickson, former Kano Governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, and other leaders of the party.
He dismissed the allegations as trumped up charges.
He claimed APC politicians facing similar charges move around freely.
The PDP said no amount of intimidation and harassment would make its members surrender the mandate given to the party by Nigerians to rescue the country by 2023.
Ologbondiyan said his party is aware of further plans by the APC to use the EFCC to harass other outspoken members of the party.
He said the APC wants to muzzle the PDP and enthrone one party state, thereby denying Nigerians a voice to challenge the atrocities of the APC.
PDP noted that no plan will make it stop its planned move to oust the APC out of government at all levels across the country in 2023.
The party also called on the EFCC to shield itself from the ruling party, urging it to learn from the mistakes of the Magu era.
“The APC knows that it has been rejected by Nigerians having failed woefully and that there is no way it can win elections under any condition.
“As such, it seeks to use the state apparatus of power to decimate and muzzle opposition and dissenting voices and foist an anti-democratic situation on Nigerians.
“Part of this heinous plot by the APC is to use the EFCC to bully, harass and hound PDP leaders, who are rallying Nigerians for the task ahead, with a view to coercing them to abdicate the mandate of the people and join the APC”, he said.