The arrest and political harrassment of Buba Galadima, a political ally of Atiku Abubakar, the presidential candidate of Nigeria’s main opposition in Saturday’s presidential election, was arrested on Sunday, his Peoples Democratic Party may be the key yo answers of how Nigeria’s presidential election was manipolated and rigged, sources say.
Specifics of the development were still unclear as of press time, but the party’s spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, revealed.
“He was accosted on the road and arrested,” Mr Ologbonyan said, adding that he was still making efforts to obtain further details.
Checks from the Department of State Services (DSS), the Police and military intelligence indicate that Alhaji Galadima is not held by any of the mentioned security agencies since his abduction by hooded operatives on Sunday, a day after the Presidential and National Assembly elections.
A host of opposition voices quickly pointed at the State Security Service as the agency responsible for Mr Galadima’s arrest and demanded his immediate release.
Speaking to PRNigeria, the spokespersons of the DSS, Peter Afunanya; the Police, ACP Frank Mba and the Army, Colonel Sagir Musa all denied arresting the stalwart of PDP Campaign Council.
Galadima, who was one of the APC leaders that defected to the PDP from the ruling All Progressives Congress, was reported to have been arrested in Abuja on Sunday.
The spokesperson for the Buhari Campaign Organisation, Festus Keyamo had called for the arrest of Galadima in a statement, accusing him of a plan to “release fake presidential result ahead of INEC, apart from planning to mobilise hoodlums for choreographed protests.
A host of opposition voices online quickly pointed at the State Security Service as the agency responsible for Mr Galadima’s arrest, and demanded his immediate released.
The news comes barely a few hours after a spokesperson for President Muhammadu Buhari’s campaign asked security agencies to arrest Mr Galadima, who has been amongst the most vocal spokespersons for the opposition.
Festus Keyamo accused Mr Galadima of recording a video announcing Mr Abubakar winner of the Saturday’s polls.
Mr Keyamo did not attach evidence of the purported recording in his statement, which was published Sunday afternoon in the media.
Also on Sunday afternoon, some PDP elements released a statement, saying there was a credible plot to arrest the party’s leaders and clampdown on party loyalists running its election situation room in Abuja.
Two persons who had been at the situation room told news men they had evacuated following news of Mr Galadima’s arrest.
Mr Abubakar is the main challenger to Mr Buhari in the presidential poll, whose close results were still being collated across the country.