- People Democratic party says EFCC
Chairman is planning to arrest some key members of the 2019 election not exempting Atiku Abubakar and running mate.
- PDP cautioned EFCC from taking an action that could lead to a political war and crisis in the nation.
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged key members of the party including Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Peter Obi, have been marked for arrest by the EFCC ahead of the 2019 general elections.
The PDP national chairman, Uche Secondus, made the allegation on Monday, December 10, in a statement issued through Ike Abonyi, his special adviser on media.
Secondus claimed that also marked for arrests by the anti-graft commission were key members of the party and associates of Atiku and Obi, Daily Trust reports.
The PDP national chairman, alleged he had been penned down for arrest alongside Senate president, Bukola Saraki and speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, on frame up charges
The party warned the EFCC chairman, Ibrahim Magu against taking any action that could cause drag the country into crisis
"The country is in a keg of gunpowder at the moment as a result of your (Magu) hatchet job for the ruling government and I warn you to get away from this illegitimate job of using instruments of state to harass and intimidate opponents,” Secondus said.
The PDP claimed that the said arrest of its party members was a plot by the EFCC to undermine democracy in Nigeria .
“The PDP National Chairman chides Magu and other characters of his type who are willing to assist the APC in undermining democracy, to look back at history and know that the consequences are always not palatable,” Secondus said.
Meanwhile, the presidency has dismissed the story about the raid “ordered by Buhari-led government” on the home of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)'s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar’s son as fake news.
Malam Garba Shehu, the senior special assistant to President Muhammadu Buhari on media and publicity, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, December 10, also described as untrue the fairy tale on the alleged blockage of the bank accounts of Atiku Abubakar’s running mate, Peter Obi and his family, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN).
He said these stories should be dismissed “as just another manifestation of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP’s growing expertise in fake news’’.