The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), 
after due consideration of the state of the nation, particularly the 
clampdown on opposition and dissenting voices, states as follows;

The PDP alerts all Nigerians that the All Progressives Congress (APC) 
and its Federal Government have commenced a vicious and direct clampdown 
of major opposition leaders, perceived political opponents and 
individuals with interests and views that are divergent to those of 
their Presidential aspirant, perhaps, candidate, President Muhammadu 
Buhari, ahead of the 2019 general elections.

The clampdown is tailored to silence opposition as well as those who 
refused to join or support the APC in their unlawful design to 
emasculate other political parties, undermine our laws and electoral 
system, foist a one-party state and perpetuate their incompetent, 
dysfunctional and anti-people rule on our nation.

It is instructive to inform that our leaders, particularly, our National 
Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, have been receiving threats since the 
PDP filed a petition to the United Nations and the Commonwealth of 
Nations, detailing documented threats to democracy by the APC and its 
Federal Government, abuse of human rights, mass killings, extra-judicial 
executions, persecution of opposition and unabated constitutional 

The PDP is aware of clandestine plots against key opposition leaders, 
particularly, members of the PDP National Working Committee, some 
dissenting members of the APC, members of the civil society, opinion 
leaders, journalists and bloggers, who refuse to succumb to intimidation 
and that such persons have already been listed and currently being 
trailed by agents of the state.

This has become manifest in the plot to rope members of “nPDP”, 
especially those in the National Assembly, into gun-running and murder 
charges just because they came out to voice their opposition to the APC 
government’s constitutional violations and executive brigandage in the 
running of our nation’s affairs.

The PDP wants Nigerians and the international community to know those to 
hold responsible should PDP leaders, as well as other members of the 
opposition start falling victims of untoward situations like 
assassinations, unexplained accidents, inexplicable “armed robbery” 
attacks, high profile abduction and sudden disappearances.

These include wanton arrest, manhandling and detention of opposition 
leaders on trumped-up charges, as well as illegal invasion of their 
homes and businesses by agents of the state.

Apart from allegations of corruption, there are also plots to clamp down 
and detain opposition leaders for charges bordering on treason and the 
PDP is also aware that some compromised judicial officers have been 
enlisted to give convictions and jail members of opposition as well as 
dissenting voices, on flimsy grounds.

Moreover, we know that the APC is fixated with the PDP because of the 
renewed popularity of our party among Nigerians, as the inevitable 
vehicle to return power to the people, restore democracy, national 
cohesion and safeguard our territorial integrity, come 2019.

The PDP’s response to all these plots is that we are not cowed. Nigeria 
belongs to all of us and our laws on political engagements are very 
clear. The PDP, as a party committed to democracy and freedom will 
continue to uphold the inalienable rights of our citizens to free 
speech, political association and to politically aspire to any position 
in the land, including the Presidency.

Our party, therefore, urges all Nigerians to be alert, united and remain 
resolute in their decision to collectively defend our democracy and its 
tenets, constitutionally guaranteed personal freedom and the rule of law 
in our nation.

PDP National Secretariat, Abuja

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