The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed concern over reports by Senate President Bukola Saraki of alleged plots by the Police to use suspected cultists to implicate him and the Governor of Kwara State, Abdulfatah Ahmed.
The opposition party said it has taken judicious note of assertions by the Senate President that the said plot is allegedly being hatched by the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris “to settle scores” with the Senate over its recent declaration that he is not fit to hold public office.
The party in a statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Wednesday said it 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”.
The PDP said the plot against Saraki confirmed its earlier alert of 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 our country.
It lamented that the anti-Saraki plot was coming after the invasion of the Senate chambers by thugs, who disrupted proceedings and carted away the mace.
“Only last Friday, hoodlums violently attacked a High Court in Rivers State with guns, in a bid to stop the judiciary from making pronouncements on an electoral matter”, the party noted.
The PDP charged the National Assembly to defend the nation’s democracy by sparing no energy in pursuing its resolution of engaging President Muhammadu Buhari on these assaults, in addition to putting in motion all legislative instruments available to it, to ‘curtail all excesses in government before the situation finally gets out of hand’.
OWEDE AGBAJILEKE, Abuja