Policemen in front of Senator Dino Melaye’s house in Maitama, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has condemned the invasion of the residence of its Presidential Campaign’s Director of Civil Societies, Senator Dino Melaye in Abuja on Friday.
The party, in a statement by its spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, condemned the Gestapo-like attack on Mr Melaye’s residence and demanded the invading security officials vacate the premises immediately.
The statement read: “It is therefore devious of the Nigeria Police, which had distanced itself from the plot, to turn round to invade Senator Melaye’s residence held hostage and beat up his domestic aides.
“This invasion is part of the larger machination by the Buhari Presidency to use state apparatus of power, particularly the police under IGP Idris to harass, intimidate and clamp down on opposition members in a bid to create fear and subjugate the opposition ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“The party recalls the series of attacks and harassment on PDP leaders, including the airport attack on its Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, by security officials and notes that such is a clear recipe for anarchy and a political crisis that is capable of destabilising our nation.
“The PDP therefore cautions the Buhari Presidency to desist from such provocative acts as such cannot bend the resolve by Nigerians to replace him with the PDP Presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar, as their next President, come February 16, 2018”.
Some section of the media reported that operatives of the Nigeria Police Force had laid a siege to the Maitama residence of the embattled senator on Friday, saying that, at least 10 officers have forcibly entered the building, while 10 others remained outside manning the frontage of the house.