Guardian, Nigeria: The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government of allegedly persecuting opposition leaders and the leadership of National Assembly for political reasons ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Ekweremadu, who said this in Akure yesterday, alleged that the Executive arm of government was using paraphernalia of office and smear campaign to intimidate opposition leaders in the country.
The Deputy Senate President, who was received by the leadership of the party in the state for the governorship campaign, described the current persecution of the party’s leaders as temporary.He said: “The darkest part of the night is when it is almost dawn. So, we are almost at the day light. Let everybody exercise patience.
“The leaders, including all of us, are facing persecution, smear campaign and threat. I want to tell you that this is our darkest hour in our country as they say.“We want to appeal to everybody that we are democratic and we are going to win in democratic form.“We should eschew bitterness; we should eschew any kind of violence so that our winning will be in PDP way which is peaceful. So, the success of PDP next year will start in Ekiti State. By July 14, we are going to ensure we win the governorship election.
“We are going to thank the South-West because they are leading to this success. After that of Ekiti is Osun State and after Osun by 2019, we will be winning all the way. We thank you for standing by us. ”Ekweremadu, who condemned the defection of Dr. Olusegun Mimiko from PDP to Labour Party (LP), said Mimiko could have stayed back in the PDP and help salvage the country but left out of threat.
According to him, Mimiko’s action could be as a result of threat from high quarters.Meanwhile, the former Vice President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and former Ogun State Governor, Otunba Gbenga Daniel, had stressed earlier that the PDP would return to government both at the national and the South-West levels.Also, the state chairman of the party, Clement Faboyede, assured the leaders that the party would win without the effort of Mimiko, saying the party is more formidable and repositioned to win next year’s general elections in the state.