The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has said Nigeria may become a one-party state, if the All Progressives Congress (APC) continues stifling the opposition.
National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, made this assertion in an interview on Channels Television on Friday night.
Ologbondiyan accused the ruling APC of harassing and intimidating members of the opposition party to join the ruling APC.
He alleged that the APC-led federal government is using the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) to harass and muzzle members of the opposition party.
He said: “The Peoples Democratic Party is not in distress. The unfortunate issue in which this generation has found itself is such that when the PDP was in governance, it thrived on social justice, fairness, equity and gave abundant room to the opposition to thrive.
“Unfortunately, we have a situation on our hands as Nigerians, in which a ruling government is harassing and stifling the opposition.
“And it is that circumstance that those who are not strong, even though they are governors, are now submitted to the harassment of APC and their imagination; that is the situation in which our party has found itself.
“A situation that is ongoing in Nigeria, unless every Nigerian rises to the occasion to stop this harassment — this luring of governors to the opposition party — we might have as a people a one-party state and that would impact negatively on our democratic culture.”
He added: “There are tendencies of making fake promises of what they can help the governors to do. There are tendencies of the aides and some commissioners of the governors being picked up by the same EFCC.
“We have a situation in our country; apart from harassing the aides and commissioners of the governors, EFCC is coming into the affairs of the PDP.
“The attempt is to muzzle the main opposition party. The attempt is to ensure that Nigeria is returned to a one-party state.”
Naija News reports that in the last four months, Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State and his Cross River counterpart, Ben Ayade, have dumped the PDP for the APC.