Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, representing Abia South Senatorial district, said he was recently arrested because the rulling All Progressives Congress (APC) wanted to shut him up.
He made the disclosure on Saturday during a reception held in his honour in Aba, Abia state.
He also said the APC is doing the same things it accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of doing, and even worse.
“The same thing that the APC accused PDP of doing, they are doing more and worse, the PDP Government was paying around N800 billion in subsidy when the fuel pump price per liter was N85, now the fuel pump price per liter is N145 yet APC is paying N1.4 trillion, so they should tell us how.
“There is no need calling it a name, under-recovery, what is wrong is wrong, even the change of name does not change it,” he said.
Abaribe’s comments came days after he was arrested and eventually released from the Department of State Services (DSS) custody.
He has now stated that he was incarcerated for doing nothing.
“The reason that was given when they came to search my residence is that I was accused of being a sponsor of the proscribed organization called IPOB.
“Those who accused me have done their search and since then, I have not heard anything from them, which means that certainly have not been able to find a reason for the arrest and detention,” he said.
Abaribe further accused the APC of attempting to arrest all those in the opposition.
“My party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the Ekiti State Rally sounded it loud and clear, that what the APC government wants to do is to take everybody out of circulation by arresting all of us.
“Of course, it is very sad for Nigeria, because PDP has been here for 16 years and all manner of people criticized the party and they were not arrested, so APC government should learn from us on how to manage criticism.
“People are being killed everywhere in Nigeria, and somebody is telling us that we should not blame him. They started by saying that it was the Libyans and then they turned around and said it was because of the laws that were passed.
“When we pointed out to them that the people were being killed in areas where there were no laws passed, they turned around and said, please try to live with your neighbours.
“When we said no, and questioned who are our neighbors were, they said, oh no, what you have to do is to pray. We have also prayed, and I prayed over there where they kept me, and I said “Oh God, our help in ages past” who has always helped us at every perilous moment like this, Our God will also save Nigeria, and we cannot have the APC Government continue.
“Let them wait for us, we are coming. Their arrest and detention will not make us stop saying the truth. I am a patriot, a patriotic Nigeria, and I will stand by this country,” the Senator added.