The All Progressives Congress, APC, has described the arrest of the Speaker, Clerk and nine members of Kano State legislature by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC, as an undisguised case of political vendetta by a hurting Presidency, whose target is actually the state governor.
In a statement in Lagos yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said since the arrest of the lawmakers for carrying out their statutory duty of approving a budget cannot be justified by any law.
APC said it was clear to all discerning Nigerians that the only motive could only be to harass and intimidate the lawmakers of a state that recently “escaped from the hell-hole called PDP to join the APC.”
It said the arrest also undoubtedly marked the beginning of the long-expected series of persecution by a desperate Federal Go-vernment against APC states.
The party called for the immediate release of the legislators by EFCC, which it said had suddenly found enough resources from its dried-up coffers.
The statement said: “Nowhere in the world are lawmakers arrested for carrying out their constitution-mandated role of approving a budget.
“The world must be having a laugh at the lack of ingenuity by a govern-ment that is so eager to extract a pound of flesh from supposed political enemies that it would orchestrate arrests for offences unknown to law.”