The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has raised an alarm over the arrest of its spokesperson, Mr Olisa Metuh.
In a statement by its National Secretary, Professor Wale Oladipo, the party said that the arrest of Mr Metuh, based on an intelligence the party claims it got, is part of a larger script by the government to ensure that PDP’s wings are finally clipped.
Oladipo said the action was part of the ruling party’s efforts to install a dictatorial one-party state in the country.
However, the party said it is not surprised by Metuh’s arrest, which it claimed came after series of threats on him.
“The excesses of security agencies under this government, especially the Directorate of Security Services (DSS) and the EFCC, in abridging the human rights of PDP members have become worrisome and a threat to our democratic evolution,” the PDP stated.
The party went further to say that it was “aware of top directives to break Chief Metuh and if possible poison him during his detention by the EFCC”.
The PDP alleged that Metuh had, since his arrest at about 10AM on Tuesday morning, been kept incommunicado, with his lawyers denied access to him. The opposition party described the development as the last straw that may break Nigeria’s democracy.
The party warned the federal government and its agencies to save the nation’s democracy and release its National Publicity Secretary.
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) on Tuesday arrested the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Olisa Metuh, but is yet to disclose the reasons behind the arrest.