October 5, 2018

Press Statement

Police Attack:  Nobody Can Cow Us -PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party  (PDP) condemns as dastardly, unwarranted
and unprovoked,  today’s unleashing of violence on our leaders,
including the Senate President and state governors, by the Police.

The PDP however vows that no amount of attacks, aggression or acts of
intimidation will deter it from confronting and dismantling the rigging
machinery of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and coast to victory in

The whole world was shocked when the Police physically assaulted, fired
teargas cannisters and violently dispersed our party leaders who were on
peaceful protest to the Force Headquarters, Abuja, over the use of
police by the APC to rig elections,  particularly the September 22, 2018
Osun State Governorship election.

Acting on “orders from above”, the Police assaulted our elected leaders,
including our national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, Senate President
Bukola Saraki, Ekiti Governor, Chief Ayo Fayose, our presidential
aspirants, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, Bar. Kabiru Tanimu, Mallam Sule
Lamido, among others.

This unwarranted attack has left no one in doubt that our Police has
finally been turned into a militant wing of the APC, with direct orders
to use force to repress opposition and turn our nation into a one party

It has also shown that the Police, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s
administration, has officially declared war on the opposition and there
is no way our safety is guaranteed under the current police leadership.

If the Police, which ought to protect the people, the law and the
democratic process, could show such violent aggression on notable
leaders, then it can no longer be trusted with the welfare and safety of
regular citizens.

One can only imagine the level of violence that is being daily unleashed
on our citizens by the APC- control Federal Police.

It is completely reprehensible that the same APC leaders, Including
President Buhari, who were allowed to freely hold protests under the PDP
administration, could now turn around to approve police brutality and
aggression against the opposition.

We know that the essence of such attacks is to instil fear and siege
mentality on the people so as to cow them to submission ahead of the
2019 general election.

The PDP therefore calls on all Nigerians and the international community
to rise up in direct condemnation of APC’s use of state apparatus of
Power against law abiding citizens and groups.

On our own part,  the PDP lists this particular violent attack as a wake
up call to all Nigerians to rise in defense of our democracy.

This country belongs to all of us and the PDP will never allow anybody,
no matter how highly placed, to in any way whatsoever, intimidate or
subjugate us ahead of the 2019 elections.

We are now determined to face all force of intimidation until we return
our nation to the path of rule of law, good governance and national


Kola Ologbondiyan
National Publicity Secretary