Nigeria’s Main Opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party yesterday said with the continued Action laying siege in Senator Dino’s residence by the Nigeria police, in its wisdom remarked as justification that mohammadu Buhari’s presidency is tilting toward anarchy. It alleged that those opposed to President Buhari’s re-election were being treated like enemies of the state
The party, in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbodiyan, urged Nigerians to note that “the only sin committed by its Presidential Campaign Director of Civil Societies, Senator Dino Melaye, is his return to the PDP and his forthright stand against the misrule of the Buhari administration, which is all well within his rights as a citizen.”
Also, the PDP lamented that “since Senator Melaye left the APC, the Buhari administration has continued to hound and harass him, as well as the members of his family with trumped-up charges; all aimed to silence and put him out of circulation ahead of the 2019 general elections.”
Besides, the PDP has asked Buhari to dedicate his New Year message to addressing serious corruption allegation against members of his family and administration.
It urged him to forget about making more promises to Nigerians since he had already informed them of harder times ahead. Ologbodiyan, in a statement, said: “In case Mr President considers the New Year message a ritual which he must fulfil, he should use the occasion to provide answers to the allegations that he soiled his hands in the alleged corrupt acquisition of Etisalat Nigeria and Keystone Bank Plc by members of his family under the official cover of his Presidency.
“No New Year message would be more apt than Mr President explaining how his family members came about the sum of N1.032 trillion for this scandalous acquisition.
“President Buhari should use his New Year message, if any, to clear the issues of the alleged forgery of his WAEC Certificate, alleged looting of N33 billion meant for the welfare of Internally-Displaced Persons (IDPs) and the diversion of the repatriated $322 million by agents of his Presidency, under the guise of sharing the fund to the poor
“President Buhari may also wish to use the occasion to provide answers for the false performance claims in his 2019 budget speech that led to his being booed by federal legislators.”
“Moreover, instead of harping on his discredited war against corruption, President Buhari should use his New Year message to explain the whereabouts of the over N11 trillion that disappeared from government coffers under his watch, including the N9 trillion detailed in the leaked memo at the Nigeria National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC), which his administration has refused to account for.”
The PDP urged President Buhari not to “continue to play the saint when his administration has skeletons in its cupboard. He must provide answers to Nigerians. If not, he should not bother sending any New Year message as the nation has moved beyond mere rhetoric, blame-game and false promises, which have been the hallmarks of his administration.”
Meanwhile, Nigeria police officers were seen visible at the entrance of Senator Dino Melaye’s Residence as at the time of filing this report, they were also cited in an uncompleted building situated behind the lawmaker’s house on Mississippi Street.
The police have kept a vigil at the Abuja mansion of the senator representing Kogi West in the Senate, Dino Melaye, in a bid to arrest the lawmaker to answer to allegations of being involved in a case of attempted culpable homicide.
It was gathered those fully-armed policemen, who were ferried to the location by several patrol vehicles, sealed off the major entry and exit point to the senator’s house.
Urban Express-News online also gathered that Additional police reinforcements were deployed in the mansion located at 11 Sangha Street, Maitama on Sunday. This followed after two days of hide-and-seek between the police officers and the lawmaker, who is believed to be holed up in the residence.
The police had In a statement made available to urban express news online through force public relation officer, jimoh Moshood, Dcp, said that Sen. Dino needs to clarify some issues that have something to do with an attempt of culpable homicide in the shooting of a police officer, Sgt Danjuma saliu, attached to 37 police mobile force (PMF) while on duty at a stop and search point along Aiyetoro Gbele Mopa Road in Kogi state
Continuing, Moshood said the offence was committed by Senator Dino Melaye and his armed thugs in Kogi State on the 19th July 2018 when they shot and wounded the police officer. He added Police Officer is yet to recover from the gunshot injury he sustained during the attack and still under intensive medical care.
According to him: “Police investigators have written the Clerk of the National Assembly for Senator Dino Melaye to report at Kogi State Police Command, CIID, Lokoja for him to answer to these offences against him under investigation in Kogi State Police Command but he has bluntly refused to report himself to the Police.