The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has unveiled a statement by Olisa Metuh, its spokesman, claiming that President Muhammadu Buhari is afraid of former National Security Adviser Sambo Dasuki.
The party states that the ruling APC is evidently looking for destruction of the PDP so that it can push through Buhari’s second term in 2019 without opposition.
The statement reads in part: “This has also confirmed our concern that this is the reason the Federal government is persecuting, and not prosecuting, Col. Sambo Dasuki.
“The APC and its leaders fear that Dasuki, given his vast political and security network, may be harbouring a presidential ambition, more so that the PDP has zoned its presidential ticket to the north.
“The PDP is conversant with the sinister plan by the APC-led Federal government to completely decimate our party by raking up all manner of allegations of corruption against the Goodluck Jonathan administration and leaders of the PDP with a view to taking them to court on orchestrated charges.
“Finally we are aware that President Buhari has directed security agencies to be more vicious in dealing with our members and has continued to subtly coerce the judiciary to convict those being charged to court. But what gives us joy is that President Buhari is not God and we will not worship him.”
Over the last months of the 2015 year the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission has been investigating how the ex-NSA to former president Goodluck Jonathan spent the sum of $2.1bn (N10 billion) given to him for arms deal.
The probe commenced when it was reported that Dasuki was given $2.1bn for the procurement of weapons to fight Boko Haram but he never bought them.
The former NSA listed the names of some of his accomplices in the arms deal controversy, that include many prominent Nigerians from the now opposition PDP.