PDP Kicks As DSS Arrests Campaign Spokesman

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The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked over the arrest of its Campaign Council’s Director of Media and Publicity in Kaduna State, Ben Bako, by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The Nation gathered the campaign’s spokesman was arrested Saturday night and whisked to Abuja after honouring an invitation by the DSS office in Kaduna.

His arrest, it was gathered, was informed by video clips that have gone viral on social media, showing Ben Bako making inciting comments during the PDP campaign rally in Kafanchan last week.

However, reacting to the development in Kaduna Sunday afternoon at a press conference  Deputy Director General of the Campaign Organisation, Danjuma Sarki called for immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Ben Bako, arguing that, he has been harassed and illegally detained without trial for over 24 hours.

Sarki also alleged the arrest of Ben Bako was part of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) goverment’s plan to intimidate and silence the opposition in the state.

He alleged a number of party leaders including himself two former governors, former minister and former party chairman had been penciled down for arrest ahead of the elections.

According to him: “We are very much aware that long before now,  the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, under the leadership of Governor Nasir el-Rufai, has penned down a long list of influential PDP members in the state for intimidation, arrest and detention over spurious charges few days to the general elections. The list includes the following:

“We also aware that several youth leaders of the PDP in the state, women leaders and  staunch supporters of the PDP, including some public commentators are also to be locked up shortly before the elections.

“The plan is to lock away 150 leaders of the PDP at the State and Local Government Areas on trumped up charges of “hate speech” during campaign rallies. The intention is to send fears and weaken the spirit of the campaign or to stir crisis in the state.

“But, unknown to governor El-Rufai and the DSS, the more he arrests us, the stronger the PDP gets.

“It is too late to reverse the determination of the traumatised people of Kaduna state. They have been fleeced by a narrow group of friends and family under a government of tyranny, propaganda, bigotry, disunity and backwardness.

“The world today is still outraged by the murderous threat of governor Nasir el-Rufai to International Election Observers, when he vowed that should any of them intervene contrary to the designs and expectation of the APC during and after elections, they would return home in body bags.

“Curiously the Presidency, came out in full support of that crude, barbaric bravado which carries a costly diplomatic price, should any harm befall any International Election Observer in the course of their legitimate duty in Nigeria during the polls.

“The PDP in Kaduna state will not be drawn into any violent conflict no matter the provocation. Let us reiterate for the records: The PDP in Kaduna state is determined and totally committed to a violent free polls.

“No member or supporter of the PDP must be involved in breaking the law. In the same manner, the PDP is solid serious about ensuring that every vote cast in the state counts.”

He called for the immediate redeployment of Kaduna State Director of the DSS, alleging he won’t be neutral.

The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked over the arrest of its Campaign Council’s Director of Media and Publicity in Kaduna State, Ben Bako, by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).

The Nation gathered the campaign’s spokesman was arrested Saturday night and whisked to Abuja after honouring an invitation by the DSS office in Kaduna.

His arrest, it was gathered, was informed by video clips that have gone viral on social media, showing Ben Bako making inciting comments during the PDP campaign rally in Kafanchan last week.

However, reacting to the development in Kaduna Sunday afternoon at a press conference  Deputy Director General of the Campaign Organisation, Danjuma Sarki called for immediate and unconditional release of Mr. Ben Bako, arguing that, he has been harassed and illegally detained without trial for over 24 hours.

Sarki also alleged the arrest of Ben Bako was part of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) goverment’s plan to intimidate and silence the opposition in the state.

He alleged a number of party leaders including himself two former governors, former minister and former party chairman had been penciled down for arrest ahead of the elections.

According to him: “We are very much aware that long before now,  the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, under the leadership of Governor Nasir el-Rufai, has penned down a long list of influential PDP members in the state for intimidation, arrest and detention over spurious charges few days to the general elections. The list includes the following:

“We also aware that several youth leaders of the PDP in the state, women leaders and  staunch supporters of the PDP, including some public commentators are also to be locked up shortly before the elections.

“The plan is to lock away 150 leaders of the PDP at the State and Local Government Areas on trumped up charges of “hate speech” during campaign rallies. The intention is to send fears and weaken the spirit of the campaign or to stir crisis in the state.

“But, unknown to governor El-Rufai and the DSS, the more he arrests us, the stronger the PDP gets.

“It is too late to reverse the determination of the traumatised people of Kaduna state. They have been fleeced by a narrow group of friends and family under a government of tyranny, propaganda, bigotry, disunity and backwardness.

“The world today is still outraged by the murderous threat of governor Nasir el-Rufai to International Election Observers, when he vowed that should any of them intervene contrary to the designs and expectation of the APC during and after elections, they would return home in body bags.

“Curiously the Presidency, came out in full support of that crude, barbaric bravado which carries a costly diplomatic price, should any harm befall any International Election Observer in the course of their legitimate duty in Nigeria during the polls.

“The PDP in Kaduna state will not be drawn into any violent conflict no matter the provocation. Let us reiterate for the records: The PDP in Kaduna state is determined and totally committed to a violent free polls.

“No member or supporter of the PDP must be involved in breaking the law. In the same manner, the PDP is solid serious about ensuring that every vote cast in the state counts.

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