Pdp Condemns Dss Invasion Of Ekiti Assembly, Sets May 21 For National Convention

Source: thewillnigeria.com

BEVERLY HILLS, March 07, (THEWILL) – The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the arrest and continued detention of four PDP members of the Ekiti House of Assembly by the Directorate of State Services (DSS) and fixed its National Convention for Saturday, May 21, 2016.

This was revealed in a communiqué, signed by Senator Ali-Modu Sherrif, National Chairman, and Prof Adewale Olapido, National Secretary, issued at the end of its 69th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting which held Monday, March 7, 2016 at the PDP National Secretariat, Abuja.

“The National Executive Committee (NEC) of the PDP in its 69th meeting deliberated on critical issues as they relate to the party and the nation, and resolved as follows,” it read.

“NEC approved the time-table for the party's Congresses and National Convention. Congresses commence on Saturday, April 23, 2016 and culminate in the National Convention on Saturday, May 21, 2016.”

According to the party, the arrests which occurred on Friday, March 4, 2016, and other related events are considered as an “erosion of fundamental human rights and constitutionally guaranteed personal liberty of Nigeria, especially key leaders of the PDP by the APC-led Federal Government.”

The NEC “condemned the incessant harassment, maltreatment and unlawful incarceration of PDP leaders at various levels by Government controlled law enforcement and prosecution agencies.”

It also “demanded the immediate and unconditional release of the four PDP members of the Ekiti House of Assembly by the DSS and resolved to stand in solidarity with all Nigerians whose fundamental rights as citizens are being infringed upon by the Federal Government.”

“The party also called on the international community and all civil rights organizations world-wide to take note of the denial of fundamental human rights, abuse of liberties and freedom of individuals; and the rapid descent of Nigeria into totalitarianism.

“NEC also condoled with the families of its 18 members who were brutally murdered in Ogoni land in Rivers state as well as with the Federal Government and the Government of Kogi State over the unfortunate death of the late Minister of state for Labour, Barr. James Ocholi, and resolved to send a high-powered delegation to condole with his family.

“NEC after exhaustive deliberations approved the extension of the tenure of office of all organs of the party at all levels until the conduct of Congresses and National Convention. This is however with the exception of Edo and Ondo States,” the party declared.

Story by David Oputah