APC v PDP: Drop plan to arrest Atiku, group tells President


Alhaji Atiku Abubakar

A group of concerned citizens, under the umbrella of Concerned Nigerian Patriots For Sustainable Future (CNPFSF), yesterday urged President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) administration to desist from arresting any opposition candidate.

President Buhari, Alhaji Atiku

Besides, the group urged the international community to immediately caution the Federal Government against embarking on undemocratic measures that may likely stall the conduct of the 2019 general elections and throw Nigeria into chaos.

In a statement in Kaduna by its President, Chief Adebayo Eze Sakir, the CNPFSF said: “We have already alerted the international community to pressurise President Muhammadu Buhari to keep to the promise he made to British Prime Minister in 2018 to conduct free and fair elections as well as ensure liberty of his opponents.

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 “The signs are crystal. A few days ago, Lai Mohammed, the Information Minister, boasted that the former Vice-President and the main opposition candidate in the upcoming elections, Atiku Abubakar, will be arrested on charges bordering on alleged N156 million fraud perpetrated in the erstwhile Bank PHB in 2009.

“We hereby unequivocally condemn any plan to arrest Atiku Abubakar or any senior member of the main opposition party, the PDP, and their perceived enemies, just three weeks away from our national elections.”

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