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PDP Supporters Mock Obanikoro

EFCC on Tuesday raided the Ikoyi residence of former Minister of State for Defence, Musiliu Obanikoro. In a swift reaction to the raid, Obanikoro took to his twitter account yesterday to express disappointment over the development.

Tweets after tweets, he expressed dismay at the way members of the opposition were been persecuted. As he rolled out the tweets, one would have taught the PDP supporters would rise in solidarity with the former Minister but he may have been disappointed.

Rather than getting empathy from his party’s supporters, Obanikoro has become a subject of ridicule in the PDP’s social media ‘camp’, the Punch reports.

The annoyance, according to the team, is that the politician, who has been in the United States to “pursue further education”, has kept mute over the recent arrest and prosecution of key members of the opposition party.

A former spokesperson for the party, Olisa Metuh; an ex-National Security Adviser, Sambo Dasuki and many other PDP chieftains had been detained by the EFCC or the Department of State Services in connection with corruption-related allegations.

A director of the Goodluck Jonathan Presidential Campaign Organisation, Olufemi Fani-Kayode, is also being tried for allegations bordering on misappropriation of public funds.

The PDP social media chiefs said Obanikoro got what he deserved. They accused him of refusing to speak out against the “persecution” of his supposed political associates.

Leading the campaign against the former minister, on Wednesday, the New Media Director of the party, Adeyanju Deji, urged Obanikoro to “stop crying like a little child and start doing something”, adding that it was unfortunate that he was not there for others when the same EFCC clamped down on them.

He tweeted, “They are trying to crush your party; you can fight from outside. Everybody knows that (President Muhammadu) Buhari is persecuting political opponents in Nigeria. The world knows that you are one of those targeted for persecution.

“They went to search your house, all of a sudden, you are talking. Fani-Kayode was arrested and detained for 36 days. Did you speak? When Metuh was arrested and kept in the EFCC’s custody for two weeks without trial, what did you do?”

Deji said the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai, also fled the country to the US when the Umaru Yar’Adua administration planned to arrest him. He noted that the governor, rather than going into hiding in the foreign land, became more active, coordinating programmes in the US and Europe for his political party.

Referring to Obanikoro, he said, “When we condone impunity to others, it will gradually come to our doorsteps. The reason the EFCC has become so lawless is because you did not speak out when it kept Metuh for two weeks and kept quiet when it kept Fani-Kayode for 36 days.”

Many other supporters of the party have joined Deji to criticise Obanikoro for abandoning his party men.

Reciting The Hangman by Maurice Ogden to drive home her position, @SomiEkhasomhi said Obanikoro should have known that silence would not save him on the evil days.

Following the visit to his home, Obanikoro, who had distanced himself from local political issues in recent times, reactivated his Twitter handle on Wednesday, calling on Nigerians to “remain steadfast in condemning the nepotism, ethnic division and economic illiteracy that have characterised this administration.”

“Pursuing Obanikoro, hounding Alison Madueke, detaining Fani-Kayode and Dasuki will not distract from the failure of the government to deliver on its own promises,” he tweeted.

Describing the raid as “an unfair reward of his service” to the country, the politician said he welcomed any plan to extradite him.

Meanwhile, a report that the President hired 13 Senior Advocates of Nigeria and 10 other lawyers to defend him in litigation over the protracted certificate saga has also caused a stir on social media.

Buhari’s critics, who have been trending a new hashtag – #PMBShowUsUrCertificate – have described the composition of the legal team as embarrassing.

However, those supporting the President have responded to the development, uploading on the Internet copies of the “President’s certificate.” They have described those responsible for the new hashtag as mischievous.