The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the Friday invasion of the Abuja home of its Presidential Campaign’s Director of Civil Societies, Senator Dino Melaye.
A statement by PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, flayed the Gestapo-like attack on Melaye’s residence and demanded that the police operatives leave the premises immediately.
The statement reads: “It is therefore devious of the Nigeria Police, which had distanced itself from the plot, to turn round to invade Senator Melaye’s residence held hostage and beat up his domestic aides.
“This invasion is part of the larger machination by the Buhari Presidency to use state apparatus of power, particularly the police under IGP Idris to harass, intimidate and clamp down on opposition members in a bid to create fear and subjugate the opposition ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“The party recalls the series of attacks and harassment on PDP leaders, including the airport attack on its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, by security officials and notes that such is a clear recipe for anarchy and a political crisis that is capable of destabilising our nation.
“The PDP therefore cautions the Buhari Presidency to desist from such provocative acts as such cannot bend the resolve by Nigerians to replace him with the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as their next President, come February 16, 2018”.