A former governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi has accused the current state government led by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of planning to intimidate members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) by arresting some of their key members based on trumped-up charges.
Makarfi, a chieftain of the PDP alleged that the plan is to use security agencies to arrest the PDP members so they won’t be able to participate in the forthcoming governorship and state assembly elections.
According to him, the state government has identified up to 80 members of the party it plans to arrest over alleged inciting statements. He added that the plan is to target the PDP strongholds and weaken them ahead of the forthcoming March 18 elections.
Makarfi who stated that the PDP already has the list in its possession made the allegation while reacting to the arrest of the Director of Media and Publicity, Kaduna state PDP Campaign Council, Saidu Adamu, and two other PDP officials.
According to him, “Our attention has been drawn to a list of our field officers, drawn up by the government to be arrested and detained until after the elections. This has grievous implications.
“Those penciled down for arrest were drawn from Kudan, Sanga, Igabi, Lere, Kachia, Jaba and Kaduna North Local Government Areas of the state which are believed to be PDP strongholds.
“Honourable Adamu is still in detention and we do not know the alleged offenses he is being detained for and he has also not been charged to court, it is a very sad development.”
Naija News understands a former Commissioner of Information in the State and two other PDP officials were arrested at Kabala Costain Ward and detained by Security operatives, for allegedly making comments on the Muslim-Muslim ticket of the APC government.