Chris Steven, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the in the arrest the chairman and chief executive officer of DAAR Communications,
Chief Raymond Dokpesi and other opposition elements by the Directorate of State Security Services (DSS) over alleged involvement in the arms deal.
The party in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh also alerted that it has been made aware that more notable PDP
leaders have similarly been listed for arrest over unproven allegations pursuant to the plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC ) led government to cow and silence opposition in the country.
It said the military style of pronouncement of guilt on Chief Dokpesi before any fair hearing, betrays the fact that he is a victim of political persecution and mob trial by the APC government because of his association with the PDP.
“While the PDP is not against the war against corruption, we insist that the crusade must be carried out within the limits of the law and not as
a guise to persecute and torture opposition elements in the country.
“Our fear is that with the pronouncement of guilt even without being giving the opportunity within his rights as a citizen to state his own
side of the story, the President Buhari-led government is sidestepping
the laws to ensure that Chief Dokpesi does not get justice in the court, a plot which they want to extend to other PDP leaders.
“The PDP therefore demands an open and public trial of all those arrested so that all issues and charges against them as well as their
defence therein would also be in the public domain. We demand a proper investigation and lawful prosecution instead of the reprehensible resort
to outright political persecution, which can only have a place in a military regime.
“We also note that this development may not be unconnected with the planned onslaught against the media, following its commitment in holding
this dictatorial regime accountable since it took office.
“Finally, we call onthe international community and rights bodies worldwide to note the growing impunity and gross violation of human
rights by the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government tailored to decimate the opposition and cow the media in Nigeria.