Kaduna 2023: El’rufai, others arrest PDP officials, intimidating Traditional Rulers, Civil servants to deliver APC or face dismissal-PDP
Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Kaduna State Chief Hassan Hyet has alleged that the Kaduna State Governor Mallam Nasir El-Rufai, the Guber candidate of the APC Senator Uba Sani are currently harrasing Traditional Rulers and Civil servants to deliver their Polling Units to APC or face dismissal.
Addressing Press men on Thursday night in Kaduna, Hyet said “the desperation of the serving APC Governor and its Gubernatorial Candidate is such that they are moving
from one Local Government to another, threatening the remaining Traditional/Ward Heads and Civil
Servant with dismissal should they fail to deliver their Polling Units to APC.”
The PDP Chairman lamented that “we have it on good authority that directive has been given by Governor Nasir el-rufai to security agencies in Kaduna state to arrest members of the PDP campaign management team. Already trumped up cases have been prepared for each of the members.
“These are several acts of calculated harassment that the APC government has initiated against our members. We recall that on 30/01/2023, we had cause to write a petition to the Commissioner of Police when 14 of our members were randomly arrested in Kudan Local government. We wrote
another petition on 01/03/2023 asking the Police to be mindful of plans by the APC to incite the public through the use of some Islamic clerics.
“We, the PDP, strongly condemn and reject this blatant abuse of power by the APC-led government. Though we agree that this harassment is because the APC in Kaduna is staring defeat in the coming elections, we want them to know that they would be held responsible if anything happens to our members
currently in detention.
“We draw the attention of Nigerians and the international community to these undemocratic acts of harassment against PDP members in Kaduna state.
“We ask for either the immediate release of those arrested, or charged to a competent court so that the needed legal process can start.
“We also request that the security agencies in Kaduna State stay neutral in all the electoral pro cesses in the state. This would help the state to stay peaceful before and after the March 18th Gubernatorial and state Assembly Elections.
“Information reaching us is that the APC Government in Kaduna State has drawn up lists of people to be picked in various Local Government Areas in order to cripple the PDP. This is very unbecoming of an elected Governor who is on Oath to be fair to all.
“We call on EFCC and other anti-corruption Agencies, security agencies alike to take necessary action by arresting trailer loads of rice, indomie, maggi, etc being sent to various Local Government Areas in the State to influence the poor voters. This is pure vote buying which is against the law. APC Government in
“Elrufai has never donated items either during Sallah, Ramadan fasting, Christmas or Easter to the masses of Kaduna State – why now?