The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has lamented the continuous killing of Nigerians in what it called avoidable bloody clashes in various parts of the country, particularly the preventable skirmishes between the police and protesters in Abuja, the nation’s capital on Monday.
PDP via a statement by ola Ologbondiyan the National Publicity Secretary said it is heartbroken that the misrule of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) administration has gradually turned various parts of our country, including the nation’s capital, into arenas of violence and bloodletting.
“Our party is particularly saddened by the death of an innocent National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) member, attached to the Channels TV, 23 years old Mr. Precious Owolabi, who was shot during the Monday bloody clash between the police and protesters in Abuja.
“Indeed, our hearts reach out to his family at this moment of grief.”
“The killing of Mr. Owolabi, as well as the avoidable deaths of other compatriots, including a Deputy Commissioner of Police, is indeed another sad commentary on the irreplaceable losses and anguish families in Nigeria have continued to bear under the APC.”
The opposition party further said that President Buhari has not demonstrated enough capacity and commitment to effectively manage Nigeria’s national affairs and put measures in place to ensure a stable, united, equitable and secured Nigeria and the APC showing that is completely unpatriotic and only out to destabilize our nation for its selfish reasons.
“The PDP therefore calls on Nigerians of good faith to explore necessary avenues available in a democracy and the 1999 Constitution (as amended) to raise a voice of lamentation on the state of our nation under the misrule of the APC.
“Certainly, no nation can thrive under an atmosphere of persistent violence, bloodletting and siege mentality on the citizenry.
“The PDP notes that had President Buhari indeed, given the littlest consideration to the continuous wise counsel by well-meaning Nigerian leaders, including former presidents, as well as international bodies, the security challenges confronting our nation would have been reduced to the barest minimum.”
The opposition party, therefore, charged President Buhari to listen to the voice of reason, arise and take immediate steps that would put to an end the violence ravaging our country.
“In the same vein, APC must end all its manifest anti-people tendencies, noxious body language and all acts that promote impunity and lawlessness in our land.
“The PDP, therefore, calls on the National Assembly, as true representatives of the people, to immediately rise to the occasion by taking urgent legislative steps to unravel how the Monday protest led to the death of yet to be ascertained number of Nigerians.”
#FreeSowore: Atiku, Others Reacts After Sowore Arrest As Pictures Of His Damaged Car Surface
AAC Presidential Candidate and CEO of Sahara Reporters, Omoyele Sowore has been apprehended by the DSS – Department of State Security at the early hours of Saturday.
So many reactions have trail the arrest and this includes another Presidential Candidate and other political bigwigs.
PDP Presidential Candidate, Abubakar Atiku said:
“Freedom of speech is not only constitutionally guaranteed, it is the substructure of our democracy. These kidnappings in the guise of arrests stands condemned.”
Mrs Oby Ezekwesili Said:
“All well-meaning Nigerians should stand with YeleSowore and defend his constitutional right and freedom to protest any matter of Governance that worries him.
“Mr Sowore’s convening of Citizens to protest Poor Governance – via #RevolutionNow- is Constitutionally guaranteed.”
“If our NGRPresident MBuhari & FG AsoRock are not completely out of touch with the reality of distress of majority of Citizens of this country, they would handle YeleSowore‘s right to convene #RevolutionNow wisely.
“Many of us his fellow #OfficeOfTheCitizen stand with him.”
Howvever, a journalist recognized as Fox Meek just obtained photos of Sowore’s car that was reportedly bashed by Department of State Services operatives during the arrest of the human rights activist and pro-democracy campaign as shared by a Nigerian journalist, Abiodun Sanusi.
According to an eyewitness report, DSS officers hit the Lexus Jeep of Sowore ‘like kidnappers would do to make way for themselves.’
Mr. Sowore was picked up at his apartment at about 1am this morning and he managed to post a distress tweet at exactly 1:25 am.
The security operatives seized Sowore’s mobile phone when he attempted to raise alarm over the invasion of his residence.
The journalist wrote;
“This is Omoyele Sowore ‘s car batched by State Security Service DSS during is illegal abduction (State Kidnap) at about 01:15am over the night.
Sowore and his brother who drove the car were assaulted by DSS officers. His brother was injured in the head and in the leg.”
We Stopped Him From Harming Himself – Presidency Revealed The Reason For Sowore Arrest
Lauretta Onochie who is President Muhammadu Buhari’s social media assistant has revealed the reason for his arrest. She said the DSS -Department of State Security was saving Omoyele Sowore from burning himself.
Through her official twitter handle, Mrs Onochie said this on Saturday as responses accompany Mr Sowore’s detention, a former candidate for the presidency.
Early Saturday, The AAC presidential nominee was taken into custody in his house and his phone picked up when he was about to alert his relations about the invasion.
It is thought that the arrest is linked to the #RevolutionNow protests that are set to begin on August 5th nationwide.
Onochie, who has been severally involved in false claims, alleged that Sowore had threatened to set himself on fire in protest to President Buhari’s administration.
Lauretta Onochie responded to a tweet saying:
“This Is What DSS Saved Sowore from. (See image) With talks about setting himself ablaze, it’s in order for the security operatives, whose role it is to safeguard both lives and properties, to take him into custody to prevent him from harming himself and get him the help he needs,”
This Is What DSS Saved Sowore from. (See image)
With talks about setting himself ablaze, it's in order for the security operatives, whose role it is to safeguard both lives and properties, to take him into custody to prevent him from harming himself and get him the help he needs. pic.twitter.com/4B2uIRzMMq
— Lauretta Onochie (@Laurestar) August 3, 2019
Former education minister, Oby Ezekwesili and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Presidential candidate in the February 23 election, Atiku Abubakar has joined several others in calling for the release of Sowore.