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49 PDP Senators Declare Support For Buhari

Posted: Aug 6, 2015 at 5:01 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Celestine Amoke, Lagos

Forty-nine Senators of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the upper chamber have declared their support for President Muhammadu Buhari.

This was disclosed by  the Senate’s Minority Whip, Senator Godswill Akpabio, at a press conference at the National Assembly Complex in Abuja on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

The Senators, however, lamented that the Federal Government was only targeting PDP members in its anti-corruption crusade.

Akpabio said the PDP Senate caucus would support President Buhari in his bid to bring about a greater Nigeria, adding that despite its numerical strength in the upper chamber, it has resolved to give only credible opposition necessary for  a better Nigeria and for Buhari to succeed as president.

The PDP Senate caucus noted that though it supports the APC-led Federal Government’s crusade against corruption, it was not happy with the impression being given that it is targeted at PDP stalwarts and states.

Akpabio said: “The current war lacks transparency, fairness to all and appears to be aimed at political adversaries. It is on this ground that we condemn in particular what is happening in Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Abia states where election umpires are daily arrested, their families and associates hounded, and judicial officers involved in election tribunals intimidated and questioned using trumped up petitions bordering on corruption.

“Yet, these officials were part of the 2015 elections that produced President Buhari, an election adjudged to be generally free and fair by the international community.”

Akpabio also accused the Department of State Service (DSS) of being used to wreak havoc on PDP-controlled states, noting that the PDP Senate caucus was shocked by the recent development in the polity where the DSS is now involved in electoral matters.

He condemned a situation where officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Abia states (all PDP states) were daily arrested, detained and questioned on politically-motivated corruption allegations.

He said such a development was not only worrisome but spells doom for our democracy.

“Reports reaching the caucus has it that INEC officials are being forced by the DSS to produce falsified documents to support APC candidates cases before the tribunals.

“This is abominable and unacceptable. Mr. President and all well-meaning Nigerians must intervene to preserve the independence of the tribunals and that of INEC,”  he said.