…Condemns clampdown on opposition
By Lateef Ibrahim, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded for an immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Aminu Ademu by the Department of State Services (DSS).
The PDP made the demand in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan in Abuja.
The party said it received information that certain operatives of the service, in a Gestapo style, on Thursday, invaded the residence of Mr. Austin Okai, the Kogi State-born political activist and member of the PDP, in a bid to arrest him.
The party said it was further informed that Ademu was picked by the DSS in place of his cousin, Okai, who they have been allegedly hounding for unexplained reasons.
According to the PDP statement, “Our party vehemently condemns this resort to the use of state apparatus of power to hound, harass, intimidate, illegally arrest and detain innocent citizens in direct violation of their constitutionally guaranteed rights to personal liberty and freedom of expression.
“We hope that this clampdown is not a reaction to Okai’s outspokenness and revelation on the alleged activities of the Kogi state Governor, Yahaya Bello, on the awaited Supreme Court judgment on the Kogi state governorship election.
“The PDP notes that such actions on innocent Nigerians is totally a direct assault on our democratic order and hereby demands the unconditional release of Ademu”, it said.