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49 PDP Senators Declare Support For Buhari

49 PDP Senators Declare Support For Buhari by Editor1(m): 3:38pm

The forty-nine Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) lawmakers
in the senate have declared their support for President
Muhammadu Buhari.

Speaking at a press conference at the national assembly
complex in Abuja on Thursday, Godswill Akpabio, minority
whip, joined 48 of his PDP colleagues to express their
determination to support the president.
However, they lamented that PDP members were being
targeted in the anti-corruption crusade of the federal

"The PDP senate caucus reiterates its support to Mr
President Muhammadu Buhari and his quest to bring about
a greater Nigeria," Akpabio said.

"The PDP senate caucus, despite its formidable strength,
has resolved to offer only credible opposition that would
lead to the building of a better Nigeria. The caucus will give
him all the needed support support to ensure his success as

"But the PDP senate caucus notes the crusade against
corruption undertaken by the APC-led federal government
and hereby declares her support to rid Nigeria of corruption.

The caucus is not happy with the current trend that seems
to suggest that the war against corruption is selective and
targeted at PDP stalwarts and states.

"The current war lacks transparency, fairness to all and
appears to be aimed at political adversaries. It is on this
ground that we condemn in particular what is happening in
Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Abia states where election umpires
are daily arrested, their families and associates hounded,
and judicial officers involved in election tribunals intimidated
and questioned using trumped up petitions bordering on

"Yet, these officials were part of the 2015 elections that
produced President Buhari, an election adjudged to be
generally free and fair by the international community."
Akpabio also alleged that the Department of State Service
(DSS) was being used to wreak havoc on PDP-controlled

"The PDP senate caucus is worried, alarmed and shocked
by the recent development in our polity where the DSS is
now involved in electoral matters," he said.

"A situation where officials of the Independent National
Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers state, Akwa Ibom and
Abia states (all PDP states) are daily being arrested,
detained and questioned on politically motivated corruption
allegations is worrisome and spells doom for our
democracy unless the trend is reversed.

"Reports reaching the caucus has it that INEC officials are
being forced by the DSS to produce falsified documents to
support APC candidates cases before the tribunals.
"This is abominable and unacceptable. Mr President and all
well-meaning Nigerians must intervene to preserve the
independence of the tribunals and that of INEC."
While reiterating the pledge of the PDP to provide
constructive opposition to the APC government, Akpabio
urged the president to treat all Nigerians equally.
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