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Alleged Political Victimization: Plans to arrest 80 PDP members uncovered by fmr Kaduna Gov

…Warns APC of ‘arbitrary arrests.’

by Achadu Gabriel, Kaduna 

Former Governor of Kaduna State-cum Chieftain of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Muhammed Makarfi, has raised alarm of alleged plans to arrest and detain 80 members of their party members by the powers-that-be to prevent them from participating in the forthcoming Governorship and State House of Assembly elections.

The revelation is coming on the heels of the recent arrest of three top PDP members in the State by security operatives over alleged ‘inciting statements’ early in the week.

Makarfi, who is former National Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party, further alleged that PDP is in possession of the list of those penciled-down for arrest before the governorship and House of Assembly elections, rescheduled for March 18, 2023.

The former governor stated that, “Our attention has been drawn to above list of our field officers, drawn up by the Government, to be arrested and detained until after the elections. This has grievous implications.”

The former governor said those penciled-down for arrest, were drawn from Kudan, Sanga, Igabi, Lere, Kachia, Jaba and Kaduna North Local Government Areas of the State, which are believed to be PDP strongholds.

He, therefore, warned the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Government in the State of arbitrary arrest of members of the opposition party as a prelude to the conduct of the governorship and State House of Assembly elections, which has been rescheduled to March 18, 2023, by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Recalled that the former Commissioner of Information in the State, Saidu Adamu and two PDP officials at Kabala Costain Ward, were arrested and detained by security operatives, for allegedly making comments on the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC government.

Senator Makarfi, who reacted to the arrest of Adamu (who is also Director of Media and Publicity of the PDP Campaign Council in Kaduna State) and two other members of the party, said that “Honourable Adamu is still in detention and we don’t know the alleged offenses,” adding that, “He (Adamu) has also not been charged to court. It is a very sad development.”

When contacted, his deputy media and publicity director, Reuben Buhari, said Saidu Adamu has been granted bail on Thursday from detention.

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