…condemns alleged mass arrest of members
Ahead of the governorship and state Assembly elections on Saturday March 9, 2019, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says the Presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are turning the South-South into a war zone. The party condemned what it described as on-going mass arrest and detention of its leaders and members in Rivers, Delta and Akwa Ibom states.
In a statement on Wednesday, the PDP alleged that in Rivers State, leaders of the PDP were being hounded and forcefully picked up in a well-coordinated operation by military operatives.
The party called on Nigerians and the international community to note the development in the South-South, adding, “The tension in the Niger Delta has been dangerously stretched and there is a limit to what the people can stomach in the face of such aggressions”.
The party stressed that the Niger Delta region remained a stronghold for it and no amount of intimidation and assault by the APC would change that.
It added, “Our party, therefore, demands the immediate release of every PDP member arrested by the military as well as instant stoppage of military aggression in the region ahead of the elections.”
The party warned that if the trend was not checked, it would destroy the relative peace in the region and destabilize the nation.