By: Valentine Adese and Alfred Saiki,
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Plateau State chapter has reiterated its stands that it would sack the All Progressive Congress (APC) from the Plateau State Government House come 2019, whether the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) arrest Senator Jonah Jang or not.
“No Shaking!” They stated.
The party also said they are aware that the aim of arresting Jang being one of the elder of the state chapter of the party is to embarrass the senator and the members of the PDP as they plan to bring him for trial in the state.
The PDP in a press conference, addressed by the state Chairman, Hon. D.T. Sango, who was flanked by other members of the state EXCO, after a meeting of the State Working Committee (SWC) at the state party’s Secretariat and after delving extensively on the issue of the arrest and detention of the Senator by the EFCC, stated that “no amount of embarrassment of Jang would dampen the resolve of the PDP and its statewide supporters to vote out APC come 2019”, while resolving that, “the bail and unlawful detention of Senator Jang, is part of an orchestrated plan of the ruling All progressive Congress (APC), to clamp down on the opposition.”
The press text by Hon. Sango in part reads:
- That while the appropriate agencies of government are at liberty to discharge their statutory and Constitutional mandates, due diligence, respect for due process and the rule of law must be followed.
- That as a sitting Senator of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a former Governor, and Elder Statesmen, Senator Jonah Jang who is presently under the custody of the EFCC has been denied bail more than 48 hours in detention. This we consider a gross violation of his fundamental rights as provided for under the constitution of the Federal Republic.
- That we consider this bail denial and unlawful detention of Senator Jang, as part of the orchestrated plan of the ruling APC Government to clamp down on the opposition.
- That while we appeal for calm amongst the part faithful, supporters and well wishers, we call on the authorities of the EFCC to as a matter of urgency grant Senator Jang and others being unlawfully detained bail. In making this appeal, we are mindful of his health condition and the fact that he is denied access to his lawyers, family and medication.
You would reacall that REALITY had reported that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has filed 12 charges against the immediate past Governor of Plateau State, Senator Jonah Jang, for an alleged fraud of N6.3bn.
The EFCC, which filed the case before a High Court sitting in Plateau State on Monday, accused Jang of perpetrating the fraud two months to the end of his tenure as governor in 2015.