The main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has kicked against the placement of a travel ban on some high profile Nigerians.
According to the PDP, the action is a “draconian step” targeted at opposition parties and those perceived to be averse to President Muhammadu Buhari’s reelection bid.
On Saturday, October 13, 2018, presidential spokesman, Garba Shehu announced that at least 50 Nigerians being probed for alleged corruption have been placed on a watch list.
Reacting, the PDP in a statement by Kola Ologbondiyan, its spokesman, said President Buhari’s directive is a “clampdown on the country’s democratic order and an overthrow of rights of citizenry as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution”.
“We hope this is not a ploy to harm certain eminent Nigerians on the claims of resisting travel restrictions.
“The whole world can now see how fascism is fast taking over our democracy and judicial system and how the Buhari administration, by fiat, has directly ordered that citizens be secretly trailed.
“Their movements and financial transactions are restricted by government agencies, without recourse to due process of the law”.
He said that the presidency has gone into “panic mode” since the emergence of Atiku Abubakar as the PDP presidential candidate.
The PDP called on the international community to monitor the situation and “take note should any harm befall any opposition leader, key members of the business community and religious leaders across the country”.