From Yakubu Mustapha, Minna
The Niger State Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Barrister Tanko Beji, has warned the administration of Governor Abubakar Sani Bello to stop harassing the opposition, threatening that his party has enough evidence on Bello’s maladministration to flush the ruling party APC out of power in 2019.
Beji disclosed this when addressing executive members of the Correspondents Chapel of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) in the state, led by its Chairman, Mr. Aideloje Ojo, at the PDP state secretariat in Minna.
He urged governor Bello to “stop strapping the opposition, insisting that his party has enough dossier on his maladministration; enough to flush the APC out of power in the state in 2019.”
“The present administration in Niger State has been intolerant to constructive criticism and well articulated observations by the PDP, and the opposition in general, on the inefficiency and visible lapses in the administration of the state.”
He expressed disappointment over the failure of the APC administration to fulfill its campaign promises to the people after two years in office.
The PDP boss regretted that the APC government has resorted to intimidation and harassment of PDP members, using available security apparatus, instead of harkening to the plight of the people.
“The APC government has resorted to arbitrary arrest of PDP members in an apparent attempt to cajole and silence the opposition in Niger state. At the time we started constructive criticism of the administration, in terms of what the people desired, they cooked up lots of allegations in order to arrest and incarcerate our members – including me.
“I am not disturbed by my arrest. It makes me to be more popular. However, I will like the government to know that we have all the dossiers and we will use them as missiles in 2019.”
He said that the APC administration has continued to fail the people since it took over power in 2015, adding that two years down the lane the government has nothing to show that was commensurate with the huge finances accrued to the state within the period.
Earlier in his remarks, the Chairman of the Chapel, Mr. Aideloje Ojo said the media will not compromise accurate reporting of events in the state, in the interest of the public and development of the state and society.