Posted by News Express | 8 July 2018 | 1,086 times
The Senator representing Abia South Senatorial district, Enyinnaya Abaribe, has said that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is doing the same things it accused the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) of doing and even worse.
“The same thing that the APC accused PDP of doing, they are doing more and worse, the PDP Government was paying around N800 billion in subsidy when the fuel pump price per liter was N85, now the fuel pump price per liter is N145 yet APC is paying N1.4 trillion, so they should tell us how.
“There is no need calling it a name, under-recovery, what is wrong is wrong, even the change of name does not change it,” the Senator said on Saturday during a reception held in his honour in Aba, Abia State.
His comments come days after he was arrested and eventually released from the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS).
According to him, he was incarcerated for doing nothing and detained alongside 11 Nigerians from all part of Nigeria.
“The reason that was given when they came to search my residence is that I was accused of being a sponsor of the proscribed organization called IPOB.
“Those who accused me have done their search and since then, I have not heard anything from them, which means that certainly, have not been able to find a reason for the arrest and detention,” he said.
He further accused the APC of attempting to arrest all those in the opposition, adding that the party should rather learn how to manage criticism.
“My party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the Ekiti State Rally sounded it loud and clear, that what the APC government wants to do is to take everybody out of circulation by arresting all of us.
“Of course, it is very sad for Nigeria, because PDP has been here for 16 years and all manner of people criticize the party and they were not arrested, so APC government should learn from us on how to manage criticism”.
On the issue of insecurity, Abaribe also decried the spate of killings in the nation, noting that part of reasons for his arrest was to prevent him and anyone else who stands for the truth, from speaking out.
He, however, said he will not be deterred from doing what he believes is the right thing, adding that come 2019, the APC will be voted out of power.
“People are being killed everywhere in Nigeria, and somebody is telling us that we should not blame him. They started by saying that it was the Libyans and then they turned around and said it was because of the laws that were passed.
“When we pointed out to them that the people were being killed in areas where there were no laws passed, they turned around and said, please try to live with your neighboursrs.
“When we said no, and questioned who are our neighbors were, they said, oh no, what you have to do is to pray. We have also prayed, and I prayed over there where they kept me, and I said “Oh God, our help in ages past” who has always helped us at every perilous moment like this, Our God will also save Nigeria, and we cannot have the APC Government continue.
“Let them wait for us, we are coming. Their arrest and detention will not make us stop saying the truth. I am a patriot, a patriotic Nigeria, and I will stand by this country,” the Senator said. (Channels TV)
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