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PDP demands release of Okupe, accuses EFCC, Presidency of witch-hunt


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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has asked the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to immediately and unconditionally release its Chieftain and former Special Assistant to President Goodluck Jonathan on Political Affairs, Dr. Doyin Okupe.
The PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan described Dr. Okupe’s arrest and detention as an act of intimidation and harassment by the Muhammadu Buhari-led presidency.
The party said it was “part of the plot” to browbeat the opposition and dissenting voices in the country ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“This arrest is part of the grand plot to escalate the clampdown on opposition leaders, in the attempt to cow and subjugate them as the elections draw nearer, a scheme the PDP had since alerted the nation about.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that the EFCC was unleashed on Dr. Okupe with fabricated charges, just because of his criticisms of the misrule of the Buhari administration, particularly, his last Wednesday’s demand to INEC to declare President Buhari as not validly nominated as a presidential candidate for the 2019 elections.
“Since this comment, Dr. Okupe has been threatened, harassed and his home raided by officials of the EFCC last Saturday over claims of cyber stalking, which they could not substantiate, only for the commission to arrest and detain him on Monday.
“It is indeed unfortunate that the EFCC, under President Buhari, has been turned into a militant wing of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to hound, intimidate, harass and even extort money from opposition leaders and other Nigerians perceived to be opposed to Mr. President’s ill-fated re-election bid.
“If the EFCC has not been compromised by the Buhari President, why has it not invited or even questioned officials of the Presidency indicted for corruption or the factional National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, over alleged extortion of billions of naira from his party members, for which he even had to flee the country?
“Why has the EFCC not invited the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal and President Buhari’s close relatives, who were recently mentioned by a suspect, Amina Mohammed, as being involved in serial looting of public resources?
“Moreover, instead of using their so-called technology and intelligence to harass and extort money from innocent, harmless and law-abiding citizens, we challenge our now well-trained EFCC officials to join our security agencies and deploy their technology in the fight against terrorism in the North East.”

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