By Lateef Ibrahim
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) yesterday raised another alarm over continued harassment and intimidation of its members by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) government, warning that the trend should stop henceforth.
The National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus raised the alarm, as well as gave the warning, when members of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT) paid a courtesy call on the National Working Committee (NWC) at the party national secretariat, Wadata house, Abuja.
The PDP National Chairman noted with regrets that the rate at which leaders of the party were being harassed was getting out of hands. Secondus was particularly angry over the harassment of the former President of the Senate, David Mark by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), adding, “there is nowhere in the world where a former Senate President has been harassed like this before.”
He, however, informed the BoT members that the new NWC will obey them and will not fail them.
His words, “We will obey our Constitution, this is the only way we can perform. We will obey you (BoT members). We will checkmate impunity. We will find time to organize a retreat for BoT. We will not fail you. Power will come power and go.
“APC should stop intimidating our leaders, we will no longer take it, enough is enough. They don’t need to attack us, they should fulfil what they promised us, enough of this. We are not in a military era. What I am telling them is that God is not sleeping. When the time comes, the people will speak through their votes.
“We handed over freely in 2015 and they should be prepared to handover to us, no amount of intimidation will distract Nigerians,” he said.
In a related development, Secondus has vowed that they “will not be intimidated or distracted; there will not be impunity; there will be zero tolerance to imposition of candidates.” He spoke when former chairmen of the party, led by Dr Ahmadu Ali, paid a courtesy call on him at the PDP national secretariat.
Also speaking, the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees, BoT, Senator Walid Jibrin revealed that at no time did members of BoT supported Sen. Modu Sheriff’s attempt to kill the PDP, calling on members of the party to unite and support Seriake Dickson led reconciliation committee.
The BoT members recommended that the new NWC should visit all chairmanship aspirants that lost out at the December 9 elective national convention of the party as well as their key supporters.
The BoT similarly recommended that the new NWC should “deal with the various petitions, organise a retreat for all party organs, revisit the issue of the new party secretariat, revisit the biometric registration of members and avoid anything that will lead to invitation of unnecessary court cases.”