The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded immediate and unconditional release of the Deputy Director General (Admin) of its Presidential Campaign Organization, Barr. Tanimu Turaki, SAN, who was allegedly arrested on Monday by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC).
Tanimu was a former minister of special duties and one of the 11th presidential aspirants that sought for the party’s ticket at the PDP presidential primary election in Port Harcourt, Rivers state capital.
The party in statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, Monday said: “Tanimu Turaki’s arrest and detention is part of the grand plot by the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) to use state apparatus of power to intimidate PDP leaders and scuttle PDP’s determination to reclaim our February 23, 2019 Presidential election victory in court.
“Since the people’s candidate, Atiku Abubakar and the PDP expressed our unwavering determination to reclaim our victory at the tribunal, being armed with overwhelming evidence, our leaders have been subjected to escalated harassments, constant threats, blackmails, cajoling and contrivances by the APC to drop our legal option.
The statement further reads: “It is instructive to state that Tanimu Turaki was arrested and detained upon invitation by the EFCC to endorse a bail document for the Finance Director of Atiku Abubakar’s company, Babalele Abdullahi, who was arrested earlier by the commission over flimsy allegations.
“The PDP, however, states in clear terms that the APC and the Buhari Presidency are fighting a lost battle as no amount of harassment and threats will ever make the party to buckle in its determination to take back the mandate, in line with the wishes and aspirations of Nigerians.
“Nigerians are resolute on this struggle to reclaim the mandate freely given to Atiku Abubakar at the polls and the PDP will pursue this decision to its logical end and secure justice for the Nigerian people.