The governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in last September’s election in Osun State, Senator Ademola Adeleke, was on Monday night arrested in Abuja.
Sources said Adeleke was arrested while making arrangement to travel abroad for medical attention.
It was gathered that he was taken to the Maitama Police Station.
Adeleke is contesting the outcome of the election in which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Gboyega Oyetola the winner.
Adeleke won at the Election Petition Tribunal and the matter is set for adjudication by the Court of Appeal.
The Court of Appeal is expected to deliver judgment on the natter later this week.
In a swift reaction, the Osun State chapter of PDP in a swift reaction to Adeleke’s arrest called on Nigerians and the International community to hold the Nigeria Police Force and the All Progressive Congress (APC) responsible if anything tragic happens to him.
In a press release issued by the State Chairman Mr. Soji Adagunodo, on Monday, in response to the development said Adeleke’s is a clear case of political desperation taken too far by the police which is obviously executing a script of the APC.
He added that the arrest is fuelling speculation of an attempt to put Adeleke in harm’s way to prevent him from conclusively retrieving the mandate freely given him by the good people of Osun State.
The PDP said Adeleke has an urgent medical need which made a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja to direct that his international passport be released to him to travel abroad for immediate medical attention.
The Court also ordered that the Senator should return to Nigeria by the first week of June to answer whatever charges the Police claim that they have against him.
The Party then wondered why the Police would arrest and frustrate an urgent medical trip of a citizen who has never shunned any Police summon or jumped bail in any of the trumped up charges against him in the courts of the land.
“It should interest members of the public to know that the offence for which the Police has again arrested and detained Senator Adeleke are based on the same facts which competent courts of the land are currently handling, including an ongoing appeal against a judgement of an FCT High Court in Bwari,” the party said.
The party leader added “It is also a matter to be taken serious note of that the citizen in question has been declared the Governor-elect of a State by a competent tribunal and is currently defending that judicial victory at the Court of Appeal”.
Continuing the called “on well meaning Nigerians, the Civil Society and Human rights community to intervene in the serial, vicious and clearly unjustifiable oppression of Senator Ademola Adeleke by the Powers that be using the Nigeria Police Force as a tool”.
The PDP called on “President Muhammadu Buhari to call the Inspector General of Police to order and urge him to refrain from ongoing attempts to frustrate a valid court order which has granted Senator Ademola Adeleke permission to travel abroad for his medicals.”