ABUJA – The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has called for the immediate and unconditional release of the Deputy Director General (Administration) of its Presidential Campaign Organization, Barrister Tanimu Turaki SAN, who was allegedly arrested on Monday by operatives of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC.
The party described Turaki’s arrest and detention as part of the “grand plot by the Buhari-led 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.”
In a statement released late Monday night by PDP spokesman, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party maintained that since its 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 read in part: “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 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.”
Turaki, a former Minister of Special Duties in the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan has been vociferous in his criticisms of the Present administration.