The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the detention of Senator Ademola Adeleke, its candidate for the 2018 Osun Governorship Election, by the Police on Monday.
According to report, Adeleke was detained at the Nigeria Police Headquarters in Abuja following an invitation.
“This is highly provocative, an invitation to anarchy and a recipe for a very serious crisis not only in Osun but also in the judiciary and our nation,” the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Ologbindiyan, said at a press conference in Abuja on Monday.
“The arrest and detention of Senator Adeleke is a direct act of violence against our laws, the institution of the judiciary and the 1999 Constitution (as amended).
“This is part of the grand plot by the All Progressives Congress to coerce Senator Adeleke into relinquishing the mandate that was freely given to him by the people of Osun State, which was further established by the tribunal.”
“The heinous calculation by the APC is to ensure that Senator Adeleke is not free to be sworn in as governor of Osun State as they know he will surely obtain justice and retrieve his stolen mandate at the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court.
“The police arrested him in the guise of an invitation despite the direct orders of the Federal High Court restraining them or their agents from arresting and detaining him on account of the statement of result and testimonial duly issued by the Ede Muslim Grammar School, Ede, pending the determination of the originating summons pending in the court.
“Senator Adeleke, as a law-abiding citizen honoured an invitation by the police only for him to be arrested and detained in a dingy facility in Maitama, in direct affront to the order of the Federal High Court.”
PDP further noted that arraigning Adeleke in a magistrate court over a case already being heard by the Federal High Court will cause judicial crisis.
Consequently, “the PDP, therefore, demands the immediate and unconditional release of Senator Adeleke by the police.”
The Nigeria Police confirmed that Adeleke had been taken into custody and would be arraigned on Tuesday.
“Senator Adeleke is currently in police custody. He was taken into custody in the evening (Monday) in connection with ongoing criminal investigations touching on his person,” Police spokesman, Frank Mba, said.
A Federal High Court in Abuja had however granted the senator permission to travel to the United States for medical checkup on today.