Some stakeholders in Rivers State have berated the Federal Government over its harassment and intimidation of members of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) who recently defected to the Peoples Democratic Party )PDP).
The stakeholders who spoke with newsmen in Port Harcourt, recently, said the onslaught against defecting members of the ruling party, and other PDP members, through the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) amounted to politics of vindictiveness
A Port Harcourt based lawyer Ken Allen Wokoma, who commented on the issue, said there was nothing wrong with defection from one political party to another, as the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guarantees freedom of association.
He cautioned the Federal Government over what he described as the selective victimisation and harassment of members of the opposition, noting that such tendency was capable of truncating the nations democracy.
On his part, a lawyer, and civil rights activist, Opunabo Inko-Tariah, described the gale of defection across the country as “a referendum of disapproval of Buhari’s clueless style of leadership”.
He said Nigerians have been sensitised against the artificiality of Buhari’s anti-corruption war, which is targeted at non members of the ruling party, while members of the APC are shielded from prosecution in the face of culpability.
He pointed out that Nigerians are already tired of the Buhari Government, and were prepared to vote him out in 2019.