- President Buhari has been asked to release the "political prisoners" he has in his custody
- The Peoples Democratic Party have demanded that PMB releases Sule Lamido and Gabriel Suswan
- According to the PDP, the arrest of both members of the party was politically engineered
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Caretaker Committee has called for the unconditional release of two members of the party.
PDP has demanded that the former Governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, ex-Governor Gabriel Suswan and other political detainees in government custody, be released.
NAIJ.com gathered that the PDP made the call in a statement issued by Dayo Adeyeye, the national publicity secretary of the committee on Monday, May 1.
The party said its attention has been once again drawn to “unwarranted arrest and detention” of Lamido by men of the Nigerian Police Force (NPF) in Kano State.
Mr Adeyeye described the arrest of Mr. Lamido as “outrageous and anti-democratic” and not based on the frivolous allegation of “inciting the public” leveled against him.
“The true reason for his arrest, however, has to do with the forthcoming Local Government elections in Jigawa State,” the party said.
The arrest of former Governor Gabriel Suswan of Benue, according to the party, was also linked to the forthcoming Local Government elections in the state, Premium Times reports.
“We are therefore calling on the security agencies in the country to release unconditionally, Lamido, Suswam, former Governor of Niger State, Dr Babangida Aliyu, and all other political detainees in their custody,” the party stated.
Mr. Adeyeye added that PDP was also aware that members of the opposition would be in for a hard time in the run-up to the 2019 general elections with more arrests and intimidation of their prominent leaders.
He added that Mr. Lamido merely asked the people to defend their votes against rigging, saying “how is that a crime?
“If you are not planning to steal the peoples’ votes, why should you be afraid if the people are advised to defend their votes?
“Of course, no thief would want the owner to guard his house against burglary.”
Daily Post reports that the PDP recalled that prior to 2015 general election there were inciting statement credited to some members of the then opposition party and no arrest was made.
“It was not a sign of weakness by the PDP led Government. It was in deference to freedom of speech, democracy and peace,” the party said.
The party accused members of the ruling party of being the ones instigating the lawlessness in Kogi, Niger, Benue and now Jigawa state.
“If this ugly trend is not stopped forthwith, it may lead to breach of peace and public disorder,” the party warned.
In an earlier report by NAIJ.com, residents of Kastina state, President Muhammadu Buhari's home state, have raised concerns over the health status of the president.
A resident, Abdulmumini Shehu Sani, said it has become pertinent that the presidency take the bull by the horn and allow President Buhari resign and attend to his health.
Speaking on the president's health, the chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP), Kastina state chapter Abdulmumini Shehu Sani said due process must be observed in handling the affairs of the nation.
In a similar vein, a Pentecostal Bishop, Rt. Rev. Seun Adeoye, has urged Nigerians to pray for the quick recovery of President Muhammadu Buhari, saying his well-being is so important to the nation’s co-existence and stability.
NAIJ.com gathered that Bishop Adeoye warned that if anything should happen to President Buhari, such would be a difficult burden for the nation to bear as Nigeria will fall into wrong hands that are ready do anything to turn it into their private estates.
The cleric, who spoke during the 1st Episcopal Honours and Gallantry Awards held at the weekend at Sufficient Grace and Truth Ministry, Rehoboth Arena, Okinni, Osun State, noted that only God can sustain the President’s health.
Meanwhile, the presidency has denied a report by Sahara Reporters on Sunday, April 30 which claimed President Muhammadu Buhari is so sick that he cannot eat or drink with ease.
The online news platform had said in its report that three different sources in the presidency confirmed the alleged sad state of the president’s health.
But President Buhari's personal assistant on new media Bashir Ahmad said the report was totally untrue.
Ahmad cleared the air late on Sunday, April 30 after the report claimed that the President’s health had deteriorated seriously in the last few weeks.