The All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday, refuted the allegations by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) that it was trying to drown the opposition ahead of the 2019 elections.
The PDP, through its National Publicity Secretary, Dayo Adeyeye on Wednesday, had claimed that with 5 of its top members already in the custody of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), the APC was planning to arrest about 45 others.
In an interview with newsmen on Thursday, the APC National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi said the APC is preoccupied with winning elections and has no power to arrest anyone.
“I have said that as political parties, we don’t arrest. If anybody has issues with people who have the power to arrest, the person should go and deal with it instead of politicizing it. We are concerned with the art of winning elections as a party not arresting anybody.”
According to him, if anybody is arrested by the EFCC, that means they have scores to settle with the anti-graft agency and the APC should not be roped into it.
“It is a strategy you pre-empt. A couple of former governors are invited by the EFCC for questioning on their financial conduct during their tenure in office. So, one way to pre-empt that is to claim that there is a threat to muzzle the opposition. But if you have issues with law enforcers, they should go and answer the questions. There is nothing political at all in it. I don’t know who is making that allegation and it would have been better that the person rolls out the names in the list of persons to arrest,” Abdullahi said.