Saturday, March 10, 2018

Coup scare: Steer clear of politics - PDP tells military

The Peoples Democratic Party has called on the Nigerian military not to allow itself to be dragged into partisan politics.

It said that the military should listen to the call by the Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu that they should desist from endangering the nation’s democracy.

The PDP, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary,  Mr. Kola Ologbodiyan in Abuja , on Saturday said it had watched the full video of Ekweremadu’s contribution on the floor of the Senate several times and saw nothing that could have warranted the statement issued by the Defence Headquarters on the matter.

Ologbondiyan faulted the Defence Headquarter’s claim that Ekweremadu’s “statement may appear cautionary and sincere in the atmosphere of discourse, it is however derogatory to the army used in the expression and by extension to the armed forces of Nigeria”.

He said, “The PDP holds the institution of the Nigerian military in high esteem and we advise that it should not allow itself to be dragged into desperate attempts by the All Progressives Congress administration to criminalise every contrary view or attempt to call it to order.

“Every student of Nigeria’s history knows that executive excesses such as sponsored political violence, intimidation of opposition and dissent voices, human rights abuses, disrespect for court orders and disregard for the separation of powers and rule of law, as we have today in Nigeria, have always been the bane of the nation’s democracy.

“Nigerians are aware of the numerous flagrant disobedience to court orders by the APC-led administration as well as the harassment, arrest, detention and media trial of perceived political opponents of the government on the flimsiest trumped up charges, while established cases of corruption by the Presidency cabal are swept under the carpet.

“Nigerians saw when Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso was prevented from visiting his home state, Kano; how the house belonging to Senator Suleiman Hunkuyi was pulled down by an APC government in Kaduna State and how a meeting by Senator Shehu Sani and other politicians from the State, who have political disagreement with established APC interest was visited with horror.

“They also watched with dismay as a full squadron of the police Special Anti-Robbery Squad laid siege on the sacred ground of the court to arrest Senator Dino Melaye, who was arraigned by the police over his reported attempt on his life."
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