PDP Senate caucus condemns intimidation of members

Edwin Akwueh, Abuja

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) caucus in the Senate has condemned what it described as “a plot to remove the President and Deputy President of the Senate through an illegal means.”

It also described as a threat to the survival of Nigeria’s democracy, “the deployment of state instruments of coercion to intimidate an independent arm of government like the legislature.”

Senator Emmanuel Bwacha who is the Deputy Minority Leader of the Senate, announced the caucus’s position in a press conference held shortly after Wednesday’s plenary session in the Senate building Abuja.

According to him, “the glaring witch hunt of perceived opposition elements in the polity is invitation to anarchy. The war against corruption should not be selective, must be fought with sincerity and not the politics that is being played now. We therefore condemn in strong terms the sentiments displayed in fighting corruption, like the freezing of account of the Ekiti state Governor.

Since the war against corruption has devolved into probing campaign funds, it should be extended to all parties, APC inclusive.”

The minority Senators also withdrew their support for the APC led government, noting that such cooperation between the Legislature and the Executive would cease until the attitude of the ruling party towards PDP members is changed.

In his words, “the PDP Senate caucus therefore wishes to warn the Executive arm of government to act with caution on matters that have the potency to subvert our democracy. The Executive must therefore desist from these acts of lawlessness that are only typical in a military dictatorship.”

Senator Bwacha added that “the PDP caucus will no longer support the APC government until they cease the belligerent attitude towards PDP members. The caucus therefore wishes to advise the APC led government to concentrate on the existing economic and security challenges that are threatening our survival as a nation.”