The Zamfara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has appealed to the Presidency to save its members from alleged harassment by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)-led administration in the state.
According to the party, Governor Bello Matawalle’s administration has been arresting APC members and jailing them over spurious allegations.
Zamfara State Chairman of APC, Alhaji Lawal Liman, who spoke during a Wednesday press conference in Gusau, said that the harassment and intimidation of the party’s members would only stop with presidential intervention.
Liman said, “Recently, our former Commissioners were arrested and sent to Correctional House by the state government over some unproven allegations.
“Even, yesterday, some of our members were unlawfully arrested by security agencies.
“This is against Sections 38 and 39 of the Constitution and the Freedom of Information Act.
“We are calling on law enforcement agencies to stand for our rights as every other citizens of the state.
“We are also appealing to the Courts in the state to carry out their duties with fairness in line with the law.”
He accused the media and civil society organisations in the state of playing along with the state government’s antics instead of calling it to order.
However, he called on PDP members in the state to remain law-abiding and desist from any act that could cause a breach of the peace.
Reacting, a state government official described the allegations as spurious, saying that the Matawalle administration has no hands in the arrest of any PDP member.
The Special Adviser to Zamfara Governor on Media, Zailani Bappa, said that those arrested were picked up by security agencies for making inciting comments on security matters in the state.
Bappa said, “Gov. Bello Matawalle has no hand in the arrest of any APC member.
“I am appealing to APC leadership in the state to caution their members against making inciting comments on social media for the peace to sustain in the state.”