…Lambast PDP for encouraging tyranny
Governor Benedict Ayade of Cross River State has been urged to immediately release Journalist Agba Jalingo who has been incacerated in Calabar on the orders of the Governor for several months now.
The Human Right, Liberty Access and Peace Defenders’ Foundation (HURIDE), which made the call after its national executive meeting in FCT Abuja weekend lashed at the leadership of People’s Democratic Party (PDP) for keeping mum, while the innocent journalist was languishing in prison at the instance of its own Governor.
The Chairman, Board of Trustees of HURIDE, Dede Uzor A Uzor and its (acting) Campagn and publicity Secretary Mazi Ugochukwu E. C Ugochukwu said while addressing newsmen ” in Abuja said that, we unequivocally condemn the grave injustice meted out to this defenceless journalist, who has been languishing in prison for a crime he did not commit. We call for his mmediate and unconditional release”
Continuing the group asked ” is People Democratic Party really democratic? The leaders and members of PDP kept on castigating Major General Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) for disobeying valid Court orders but they entrench fascism and authoritariansim in a democratic state.
They continue to maintain grave silence on the persecution of Journalist Agba Jalingo by the Governor of Cross River State, Benedict Ayade, who rode to Government House under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party” It is a shame for those of them who claim to be Democrats”.
Journalist Jalingo, the publisher of an online media outfit, Cross River Watch, has been in prison custody in Calabar for months now.
He was charged with treasonable felony, terrorism and a plot to overthrow Cross River State Governor over a report he published alleging the diversion of 500 million naira.
But HURIDE said to equate publication of an alleged diversion of fund with treason was “absolutely preposterous, wicked and despotic”.
HURIDE said ” a free press without a government is better than a government without a free press. We call on the Cross River State Governor to unconditionally and immediately release Agba Jalingo and drop the ridiculous and ostentatious charges against him.
They also called on the leadership of PDP and people of good conscience to bring pressure to bear on Governor Ayade to release this journalist without further delay.
We shall without further delay moblize Nigerias from all works of life to storm Cross River for if within 14 days citizen Jalingo was not released.