The faction of the Mr Ahmed Makarfi Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has lauded Nigeria’s judiciary for curbing what it described as the ‘impunity of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC)’ by unfreezing the accounts of Governor Ayodele Fayose in Zenith Bank PLC.
The party, which forecloses the possibility of changing its nomenclature ahead of the 2019 general elections, disclosed its readiness to enter into merger with other like-minded political associations in the country to be able to dislodge the President Muhammadu Buhari-led All Progressives Congress (APC) in the forthcoming presidential poll.
Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court sitting in Ado Ekiti, on Tuesday ordered the EFCC and the Zenith Bank to unfreeze Mr Fayose’s accounts, which had earlier been restricted for allegedly containing a lodgement of 2.99 billion Naira being part of the 4.9 billion Naira arms fund received from the office of the former National Security Adviser, Colonel Sambo Dasuki (rtd).
The party’s spokesman, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, who spoke in Ise Ekiti during a scholarship scheme instituted by the Ex-Minister of State for Works, said but for Judiciary, those conferred with constitutional immunity would have allegedly been clamped into jail by the APC-led federal government, just in a bid to muzzle the opposition.
Adeyeye said: “We in the PDP family are particularly happy with the judgement, because it will help in curbing the reign of impunity under President Buhari’s government.
“The EFCC acted against Governor Fayose as if it was not a creation of the constitution. It acted lawlessly and as if individual’s rights to own an account as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution no longer exists.
“We really applaud the role of judiciary in the way it has been adjudicating on some political issues. But for their roles, the nation will by now be witnessing a full blown dictatorship”.
Mr Adeyeye aid that the PDP was well prepared to defeat the APC in the forthcoming 2019 elections, describing the party(PDP) as the strongest party in African continent.
The party’s spokesman accused the APC of destroying the fortunes of the country since President Buhari came on board in 2015 and plunged the people into unwarranted economic recession.
“The PDP is well prepared for the task ahead, particularly for 2019. We are not ruling out the possibility of merging with other political parties, because there could be merger which our party can be part of.
“As we speak now, the PDP remains the strongest party in Nigeria and Africa. We are now more united than ever.
“All the serving and former governors, members of the National Assembly, all the State chairmen of the party are now on one side. They are all supporting Alhaji Makarfi caretaker committee.
“The factional case pending in the court of Appeal will soon be
settled and the PDP will thereafter become a real united party that
can withstand any election. Only few ones are rebellious who allowed themselves to be used by the ruling government ,” he stated.
The PDP spokesman further predicted that there would soon be a huge implosion in APC that would consume the party, predicating this on the conflicting and like-minded political ideology of the members of the party.
“Half of the APC members are now aggrieved. They have been frustrated and if you see the kind of overtures they are making to us, you will be marveled,” he added.