Baraje’s Group Cries Out Against Intimidation By The Presidency

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Akin Akanke, Abuja

The breakaway faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Abubakar Baraje on Sunday cried out against intimidation by certain agents and henchmen of the President Goodluck Jonathan administration.

The group accused President Jonathan’s administration of embarking on a mission to intimidate it members by using various unconstitutional means to achieve its selfish goals.

The group, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, noted that the security details attached to its National Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje and that of their high profile members including some of their governors had been withdrawn.

“It has become necessary for us to cry out in view of the war declared on the New Peoples Democratic Party (NPDP) and its members by certain agents and henchmen of the Goodluck Jonathan administration who have embarked on a mission to intimidate and overawed us, using various unconstitutional means to achieve their selfish goals,” the group said.

“The past few weeks in particular have witnessed the implementation of a well coordinated and systematic plot to traumatise, annihilate and cripple us economically and politically in flagrant disregard of Chapter IV Section 33 to 45 of the Nigerian Constitution that guarantees our fundamental human rights as Nigerians,” it said.

The group stated in Sunday’s statement: “Contrary to the provisions of Chapter IV Sections 42, 43 and 44 of the Constitution which guarantee our right as Nigerians to acquire and own property in any part of the country, our National Secretariat and most of our State Secretariats have been sealed up by the Police on the orders of those in power.

“This is despite the fact that we still have a court case against Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and his National Working Committee (NWC).

“This invidious crackdown has been extended to individual leaders of the New PDP.

“The legally acquired Abuja property of His Excellency, Dr. Rabiu Kwankwaso, the Governor of Kano State, has been revoked by the tyrannical Federal Capital Territory (FCT) Minister, Senator Bala Mohammed.

“The same treatment has been meted to Senator Aisha Al-Hassan from Taraba State, whose event centre, A-Park Gardens, which has been in operation all these years, has suddenly been revoked by the FCTA and slated to be demolished at any time from now. Information available to us indicates that property in Abuja owned by other New PDP leaders may suffer the same fate.

“Today, the security details attached to Senators Abubakar Bukola Saraki and Danjuma Goje, former Governors of Kwara and Gombe states respectively, have been withdrawn; so, too, the security details attached to our National Chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje. Of course, Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State was the first victim and now operates without an ADC and a CSO in order to pave way for his kidnapping or assassination if peaceful ways of removing him from office have fail,” it said.

The group however added that the Nigeria Police, which has woefully failed to find a solution to the menace of Boko Haram, kidnapping, assassination and other criminal acts ravaging the country, has been given a fresh mandate to frame up its members and term them criminals in order to keep them at bay.