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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the arrest of Ikenga Ugochinyere Imo, the spokesperson of the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) who was arrested by the Nigeria Police allegedly on the orders of the Speaker of the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila.

The main opposition party decried the arrest of the CUPP Spokesman, saying it was in defiance of a subsisting court order barring such and described it as a direct affront to the judiciary, an assault on Nigeria’s democratic practice and a violation of Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere’s rights as guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution (as amended).

A statement signed by Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP National Publicity Secretary, said that in demanding his release, the party is deeply worried by reports that the CUPP spokesperson is being detained under very dehumanizing condition where he is also allegedly being tortured.

“The PDP insists that, without prejudice to the issues between the leadership of the House of Representatives and the CUPP, for which the two parties were before a court, resorting to using the police to arrest and detain the CUPP spokesperson, in defiance of the orders of the court, is completely unacceptable, unlawful and cannot be justified under any guise whatsoever,” the statement said.


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