PDP Describes Plot To Implicate As A Brazen Assault On The Institutions of Democracy
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned an alleged plot by the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Ibrahim Idris to use suspected cultists, who have been in detention, to implicate the Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatai Ahmed.
NIGERIA NEWS recalls that Sen. Bukola Saraki while speaking during plenary on Wednesday had raised an alarm over the alleged plot by the Inspector General of Police to implicate him using ‘coerced’ cultists.
Saraki condemned the action as an act of desperation, blackmail, intimidation, abuse of office and crude tactics aimed at turning Nigeria into a Police State, following the declaration of the Senate that the IG is not qualified and competent to hold any public office.
“My Distinguished colleagues, there is an issue which I need to bring to your attention very urgently. Last night, my State Governor, Dr. Abdulfatai Ahmed revealed to me an information at his disposal that a group of suspects who had been in police cells for several weeks for cultism and whose investigation had been concluded with prosecution about to commence under the State law based on the advice of the Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the Ministry of Justice were ordered to be transferred to Abuja this morning.
“ According to the information available to the Governor, the Inspector General of Police, Mr Idris Ibrahim directed the Commissioner of Police in Kwara State to immediately transfer the men to the Force Headquarters.
“The plan, as the Governor was made to understand is that, under duress, the suspects would be made to alter the statements they already made in Ilorin. They will then be made to implicate the Kwara State Government, and in particular, myself, in their new statement.
“This plot is part of the strategy by the IGP Idris to settle scores over the declaration by this Honourable Chamber that he is not qualified and competent to hold any public office, within and outside the country and that he is an enemy of Nigerian democracy based on his usual disrespectful conduct towards lawful authorities.
“”In my own view, this plot is an act of desperation, blackmail, intimidation, abuse of office and crude tactics aimed at turning our country into a Police State where top officials cannot be made to obey the law, follow due process and subject themselves to constituted authorities.
“I want to bring this dangerous development to the attention of all of you my colleagues, the entire country and the international community so that you can be aware of the level of impunity in our country and the danger it constitutes to our democracy,” the President of the Senate had said during the plenary on Wednesday.
Reacting to the development, the Peoples Democratic Party in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan on Thursday, the Party expressed grave concern over what it described as the trend of brazen assaults on the institutions of democracy, particularly the National Assembly and the judiciary.
“The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is deeply concerned over reports by Senate President Bukola Saraki of alleged plots by the Police to use suspected cultists, who have been in detention, to implicate him and the Governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatah Ahmed.
“The PDP has taken judicious note of assertions by the Senate President that the said plot is allegedly being hatched by the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Idris Ibrahim, “to settle scores” with the Senate over its recent declaration that he is not fit to hold public office.
“The PDP is alarmed by the trend of brazen assaults on the institutions of democracy, particularly the National Assembly and the judiciary, in addition to unrelenting attacks on dissenting voices, especially as we approach the 2019 general elections.”
Recalling its earlier warnings, the opposition party said there were plots to arrest, harass, detain dissenting voices and opposition members on trumped-up charges, as well as intimidate institutions of democracy and pave the way for a one-party state in Nigeria.
“The PDP believes this is one of those plots,” the party claimed.