Presidency plans to arrest Obasanjo, Atiku – New PDP


OBJ and JONATHANThe New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday said it has uncovered plots by the presidency to arrest former President Olusegun Obasanjo and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar for identifying with the party.

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The party said this is part of a planned crackdown on the group of seven (G-7) governors and their allies in the new PDP.
But the party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary Eze Chukwuemeka Eze said it did not know why Obasanjo is being linked with the new PDP.
“Let us state unequivocally that this foremost nationalist has not in any way – either directly or by proxy – had anything to do with our existence and operations.
“Ridiculing and plotting the arrest of such a distinguished personality that fought to keep this nation as one entity and contributed immensely in making PDP the most vibrant … is not the best strategy to use to fight the cause of President Jonathan,” it stated.
It said it had earlier got the details of the plot to arrest and commit the leadership of New PDP to prison without charge saying the fact that President Jonathan was under pressure to arrest the duo was confirmed in an interview by ex-Niger Delta militant, Mujahid Asari Dokubo.
“The sin of these two distinguished Nigerian statesmen, according to those plotting their “demystification”, is their alleged support for the New PDP, including the G7 governors. That this evil plot is being conceived by the Presidency confirms that the Abacha days are truly here again with us.”
He said the seriousness of the plot of a crackdown made the national Chairman of the new PDP Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, to summon an emergency meeting of the National Working which resolved that it would not be intimidated even at point of death as they are fighting a just.
“Baraje, knowing how dirty some of the hawks in the Presidency can fight when pushed to the wall, directed NWC members to write their wills immediately after the meeting as we have entered the stage of no retreat and no surrender – fully determined to reclaim what rightly belongs to us.”
Eze said the PDP NWC also resolved to urge the G7 Governors that on no account should they be intimidated or frightened by any tactics or strategy employed by state forces to coerce them to forgo any of the issues they have been asked to present before President Jonathan during the October 7 meeting.
The party said it is sad that instead of employing diplomacy to attend to the issues that brought the conflict to bear, the Presidency prefers to use force but says it is not disturbed as they are ready for any of its tactics.
“In this regard, we wish to urge both the Presidency and those detailed to attack us not to waste further time or wait till October 7 to start arresting us as there are thousands of Nigerians ready to step into our shoes and fight this cause to its conclusion.”

Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola
Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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