The National Executive Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned what it termed the maltreatment and unlawful incarceration of opposition leaders in the country by the All Progressives Congress-led federal government.
The NEC made this position known in a communique issued on Monday at the end its 69th meeting at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
The communique was signed by the party’s national chairman and secretary, Ali Modu Sheriff and Adewale Oladipo respectively
The PDP NEC also said it had observed the “erosion of fundamental human rights and constitutionally guaranteed personal liberty of Nigerians” especially key leaders of the PDP by the federal government.
The party condemns “the incessant harassment, maltreatment and unlawful incarceration of PDP leaders at various levels by government-controlled law enforcement and prosecution agencies”.
It particularly condemned the alleged invasion and raiding of Ekiti State House of Assembly last Friday and the subsequent arrest and continued detention of four PDP members of the House by the Department of State Services “on trumped-up charges”.
The party, therefore, demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the four PDP members of the Ekiti Assembly.
It also called on the international community and all civil rights organizations worldwide to take note of the “denial of fundamental human rights, abuse of liberties and freedom of individuals; and the rapid descent of Nigeria into totalitarianism”.
The party also condoled with the families of its 18 members who it said were murdered in Ogoniland in Rivers state.