While the arraignment of the publicity secretary of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Olisa Metuh handcuffed has continued to generate controversy, it has also brought a lot of divergent views from the political class.
A source reliably informed this medium that some powerful elements in the ruling party were behind the plot to humiliate the politician as a tactical way to silent the opposition. In his view, Olisa has been the consistent voice from the PDP that was assumed to have been on its way into extinction.
However, a politician who craved anonymity explained that it could be chief Metuh’s strategists who arranged the handcuff drama to win the sympathy and support of civil society who could read some sinister move to his present situation.
Meanwhile the PDP’s national secretary Prof. Oladipo has immediately issued a statement to condemn the handcuff of Olisa. The statement reads “The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) condemns in totality the brazen display of authoritarianism demonstrated by the President Muhammadu
Buhari-led APC Government in handcuffing its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh even when the court is yet to hear his
This development which expectedly elicited widespread public outcry
clearly betrays an extra-judicial, top political witch-hunt policy of
the APC, carefully designed to humiliate, embarrass and portray PDP
leaders as common criminals and set the stage to cow and decimate
opposition and perceived foes of the government.
The question remains, if not to mortify, dehumanize and break our
National Publicity Secretary, who has been very vocal against the APC
administration, and of course to send a signal to others critical of the
government, what else would have informed the decision to produce him in
court in handcuffs, even when his case does not border on security
Is this an attempt to sway the court and ambush the judicial process
against our National Publicity Secretary, all because of his stance
against observed ineptitude and dictatorial tendencies of this
The PDP invites all Nigerians and the international community to note
the emerging barefaced abuse of state power and violation of
constitutional provisions regarding the arrest, detention and eventual
arraignment of our spokesperson.
Nigerians by now, should be extremely scared that our country is fast
drifting into a police state where being in opposition or holding views
divergent to that of the government makes one a criminal and an enemy of
For now, the target of the on-going lopsided war against corruption is
the PDP and its leaders. All APC members, including those with known
corruption issues are immune from investigation, arrest and prosecution.
However, more worrisome is the fact that institutions of government,
especially security and corrective agencies have now fallen victims of
dictatorial abuses. Our fear now is that in no time, ordinary citizens
of Nigerians, who in the last 16 years have lived under the rule of law
and constitutionally guaranteed personal liberty, would begin to suffer
brutality and oppression.
Under PDP administration, some Nigerians, including APC leader and
former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu were tried but
never humiliated; now we see security operatives under this regime being
used to crush and humiliate the opposition.
Finally, while we study the bail conditions, we urge all PDP members to
remain calm, united, focused and continue to pray for the nation and her
people. We also urge the media to remain on the side of justice,
fairness and rule of law and resist the pressure of being used as a tool
to promote arbitrariness and abuse of process in the so-called fight
Prof. Adewale Oladipo