Nigerian govt plotting to arrest APC leaders, party says

The All Progressives Congress, APC, has raised the alarm over the plan by the Federal Government to use the security agencies, especially the State Security Service, SSS and the Police, to harass and intimidate the opposition with a view to decapitating it ahead of the 2015 elections.

In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party said the torrent of threats being issued recently by the Minister of Police Affairs and the DSS, over alleged inflammatory statements by opposition leaders, is nothing but a thinly-veiled attempt at cowing the opposition and destabilizing its ranks.

It said the strategy includes the “invitation” of key opposition figures for questioning by the DSS, starting with the APC National Publicity Secretary, to be followed by arrests and detention of such figures.

APC said the impending clampdown is the PDP-led Federal Government’s answer to the soaring profile of the opposition ahead of the polls, and called on local and international observers of the elections to keep a close eye on the unsavoury developments, which constitute a clear and present danger to the success of the elections.

“The Minister of Police Affairs said publicly that he has already directed the Inspector-General of Police as well as the DSS to arrest anyone who makes inflammatory statements ahead of the 2015 elections, and then went ahead to castigate the APC, thus exposing the real reason for his directive.

“The Minister had barely issued his orders when the DSS, which has unabashedly become a megaphone of the ruling PDP, fired its own warning, directed pointedly at ”a serving governor calling on men of the armed forces to rise up in protest against constituted authority,” when nothing of such happened.

“If the Minister and indeed the security agencies were carrying out their duties as an official/agents of state rather than partisans, they would have realized that no one is more guilty of making inflammatory and even treasonable statements than the supporters of the President and members of the PDP.

“Yet, not once has the Minister, and the security agencies under his control, called these people to order. There is no better indication of the mindset of these threats-issuing Minister and the security agencies under his control than their glaring double-standard and vexatious partisanship. This is not how to run the affairs of state,” the party said.

It recalled that a series of inflammatory, insulting and downright treasonable comments by supporters of President Goodluck Jonathan and officials of the PDP all went without as much as a whimper from those who are now howling at the opposition for statements that are neither inflammatory nor treasonable.

“A a die-hard supporter of President Goodluck Jonathan once threatened that there will be blood on the streets if the President is not re-elected, without anyone calling him to order. He recently said the President has already won the yet-to-be conducted Feb. 14 presidential election, suggesting that the election will be a mere formality. No one called him to order.

“Another supporter of the President, Chief Edwin Clark, said if the opposition had its way, it would poison President Jonathan just to take power. The Minister of Police Affairs and the security agencies under his control snored the comment away.

“PDP National Secretary Wale Oladipo called the presidential candidate of the APC, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, a ‘semi-literate jackboot’, PDP National Publicity Secretary Olisa Metuh heaped abuses on APC leaders in an ill-tempered statement arising from a disoriented PDP in the aftermath of the hugely-successful APC national convention while a spokesman for the President called Gen. Buhari names for being a ‘poor’ man, yet this Minister and his agencies did not see anything inflammatory in all these statements, all because they came from members and supporters of the ruling party.

“We know that Nigerians as well as the international community are watching closely and documenting these developments. It is important to do so if they are to make informed comments on the outcome of the forthcoming polls.

“On our part, we will continue to document the developments while maintaining a responsible and purposeful public discourse, highlighted by issues and devoid of the kind of inflammatory and treasonable comments that PDP and Presidency officials have been spewing out,” APC said.


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  • Wähala

    Biko ignore the PDP…a drowning man will shout anything at anyone, but threats of detention are quite real given we’ve lived it in Anambra, Ekiti and Osun States’ Guber elections, where opposition key-figures were hauled into jails. Dumbo is desperate, and a desperado will do anything to stay afloat. So, Alhj. Lai and the opposition are better off making their won “private security arrangements” since even their flag-bearer has been a victim of elimination attack… did anything come out of the investigations? Whatever happened to their transie suicide bomber is anyone’s guess. My only advise to Lai is… Don’t go out to watch the fireworks tonight, that way they won’t hide behind the noise of firecrackers to crack your ahss with real metal pellets… Hahaha chei. Happy New Year! Alhj. Lai !!!

  • absam777

    Dire res in a court Hague ooooooooooooooooooooooooo. GEJ and his government should remember

  • idama

    Lai,lai make una take time oooo, Wahala, kola adekola, NWA Africa, pls take ur time! Or else DSS will invite u guys and detain u!

    • babatope

      Craze dey ya head with ur wicked jona

      • idama

        na ya head dey kolo Baba kolo

  • Joe

    Statements from Amaechi, lai Mohammed, Tinubu are full of inciting the general public.

  • the truth

    people are just hypocrits. here on this site we see people say if the security team knows people terrorizing nigeria they should arrest them, now if they are from the opposition party this same people are saying witch hunt. All this ranting in here without u voting is rubbish, if you are fed up go back home and vote.

  • dan

    Fear catch Lai, e no fit call Asari name!

    • ConcernedCitizen2015

      He does not have ex militants, warships, ak47s, T72 tanks, helicopters, the police force, DSS, army, airforce, and navy to protect him and to use as instruments of violence. What he has his his mind, his pen and PVC

  • excel

    Pdpig/gej want to start another season of craziness, they did it in anambra, ekiti and osun. Now they want to resort to the wicked act in the general election. The fear of losing is making them to be more horrible. APC will take the day, CHANGE can’t be reject again. Pdpig/gej be warned. CHANGE is POSSIBLE.

  • TAWANDA INCOMMUNICADO

    This liar is always crying “wolf” where there is none !!

    • Aliyu Muhammad

      GEJ is the greatest liar of all times ever look at his track record of reign

      • ConcernedCitizen2015

        When hooded security men were arresting numerous APC politicians a night before the Osun election, “Lai Mohammed is a liar”, when an APC data center was raided, computers destroyed and no charges yet brought up against them “Lai Mohammed is a liar”. When thousands of DSS, military and policemen were in Osun and Ekiti to intimidate the people “Lai Mohammed is a liar” When he speaks out against the Government in Power like all opposition parties do even in western democracies “Lai Mohammed is a liar”

    • PureNigerian

      Can you please tell me where he lied?

  • karl marx

    PDP can’t try that nonsense at all, we must vote them out!!!! 2015? haba, sai GMB, OSINBAJO

    • umolu

      But over 90% of Apc, members were former PDP members, so where is the change, old wine in new bottle?

      • rablaz

        Pls tell me top ten APC members and highlight 2 of them that are from PDP

  • Joe

    APC, why are you afraid of arrest?. I think you said there is no government?, And that was why you open your mouth very wide to spit nonsense. Talk to Amaechi and advice him wisely if not he will end up in jail.

    • rablaz

      By god gress vice-varsa of what u said will happen in this country

  • Aliyu Muhammad

    Let them try and see what happens cos the consequences will end GEJ and PDP’s reign forever

    • rablaz

      God 4bid

  • ceweeco projects

    Aliyu Muhammad, Wahala, karl marx, ConcernedCitizen2015, excel etc do not be afraid too much, those the gods must kill they first make them mad. You have to be alive and watch these bigots go mad first. You may know madness comes in many levels. Liars Muh’d has started his long ago, Amaechi is growing his, Tinubu sniffs and come out in his true colors, Bokohari refuses to preach peace he says by killing Boko haram people the federal govt. is killing muslins and that GEJ should do what Late Yau,Adua did for the Niger/Deltans by sending the Presidential jets to Sambisa forest to fetch them, Oyegun another lost ship, a governor who has no impact during his time in Edo state, Rochas, oh, he has seen no market in APC.

  • Gerald Okoduwa

    Outrageous!! We wait and see.

  • Tufiakwa

    APC has been consistent in saying that the PDP has ruled Nigeria for 16 disastrous years in which corruption, impunity, insurgency, armed robbery and several ills of society held sway, but at a very close look at the APC, I am seeing Amaechi – 8yrs speaker; 7yrs governor under PDP, Atiku – 8yrs Vice president under PDP, Akume – 8yrs governor under PDP, Bukola Saraki – 8yrs governor; 2yrs Senator under PDP, Timipre Sylver – 5yrs governor under PDP, Audu Ogbe – 2yrs national chairman of PDP, Aminu Masari – 4yrs Reps speaker under PDP, Chris Ngige – 3yrs governor under PDP, Kwankwaso – 7yrs governor,3yrs Defense minister under PDP, El rufai – 4yrs FCT minister, 2yrs BPE chairman under PDP and to cap it all they went to OBJ begging, a man who spent 8 of the disastrous 16yrs as the maximum ruler of Nigeria to come and lead them on a rescue mission. It is now clearer that APC is a waste basket of the PDP, where the people who created and perpetuated the ” 16 Disastrous years” are now dumped. please Nigerians what is the change in this APC? I forgot to add Tambuwal, PDP speaker HoR for 3+ years and Kwara state governor too. Up PDP Joor! Courtesy Anonymous, Linda Ikeji Blob

    • Rose Ankeny

      Mr PDP pls prove me wrong. May 29 1999, we had 6 AD, and 7 APP and 23 PDP governors. 8 years after, this is their story:

      (A) PDP (23 governors)

      1. James lbori – PDP Delta – in prison for looting

      2. DSP – Alamieseigha – PDP Bayelsa – Ex- convict for
      looting

      3. Lucky Igbinedion – PDP Edo – Ex-
      convict for looting

      4. Peter Odili – PDP Rivers –
      In court for looting

      5. Chimaroke Nnamani – PDP
      Enugu – In court for looting

      6. Ayo Fayose – PDP Ekiti – In court for looting

      7. Rasheed Ladoja – PDP Oyo – In court for looting

      8. Alao Akala – PDP Oyo – In court for looting

      9. Gbenga Daniel – PDP Ogun – In court for looting

      10. Ikenna Ohakim – PDP Imo – In court for looting

      11. Adamu Muazu – Bauchi (current PDP National Chairman) – In court for looting over N19 Billion
      from the state treasury

      12. Joshua Dariye – PDP Plateau – In court for looting

      13. Jolly Nyame – PDP Taraba – In court for looting the state
      treasury

      14. Abdulahi Adamu – PDP Nassarawa – In court for looting the state treasury

      15. Boni Haruna – PDP Adamawa – (newly appointed minister by Jonathan) – In court for
      looting the treasury

      16. Saminu Turaki – Ex-gov.
      PDP Jigawa – In court for looting the treasury

      17. Orji Uzor Kalu – PDP Abia – In court for looting the treasury (

      (B). AD / AC, 6 governors

      None has ever been taken to court for treasury looting.

      ** Tinubu of Lagos was
      dragged to Code of Conduct Tribunal for having foreign accounts while in power against government policy of zero foreign account for
      public officials. He was found not guilty because he had the accounts before his election to the office of governor. Case dismissed.

      (C) APP – (ANPP) 7 governors

      1. Attahiru Baffarawa – APP
      Sokoto – In court for looting (he is now in a PDP member)

      2. Prince Abubakar Audu – ANPP Kogi – In court for looting.

      You may add the two ex-national chairmen of PDP, Ahmadu Ali and Bamanga Tukukur whose sons are facing multi-billion naira oil subsidy fraud charges.

      It’s sad some senseless Nigeria still believe we do not need a change from this same PDP while they claim they can’t see the difference btw APC n PDP. The difference btw them is like daylight to darkness. If you chose not to see may you remain blinded for eternity.

  • Smart

    Mr Ibrahim, make a total submission to Allah and his messenger, respect his entire family and his companions without discrimination, insha Allah all your problems will be solved. Again seek help and assistance from Allah not human rights organisation, as prophet said in one of his traditions.

  • gboyegaa

    The atrocities your sect had committed in Zaria should not be forgotten under any circumstances but nevertheless, even a convicted murderer in prison that is sick has a right to a doctor. On that note, we hope the judicial arm of the government will look into the case of your Dad and see that he is giving the medical attention and assistance that he needs. Femi Falana has made mention of your father’s case online a couple of weeks ago.
    This does not look like a case for the executive arm of the government but the judicial arm.
    I wish your Dad good health and pray something is done to help him before it is too late.