Nigeria’s Revolution: Government Puts Challengers Life In Danger; nPDP Baraje Alerts

Baraje said the government is putting his life and that of his officers to risk.

Sept. 7, 2013

The factional National Chairman of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Abubakar Baraje, has said that his life is in danger following what he described as the latest onslaught against officials of his faction.

In an exclusive interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Saturday, Mr. Baraje said all security personnel attached to him have been withdrawn by the government, thereby exposing him to danger.

PREMIUM TIMES had earlier reported that Mr. Baraje and the other leaders of his faction have been placed under security watch by authorities in an extensive effort to foil the group’s activities and ensure its members do not launch a parallel office.

“My life is now in danger, whatever happens to me now, people should know where it is coming from,” he said. “I’m now without security protection, and it is a move calculated to make me vulnerable to attacks.”

He also said the withdrawal of his security details was similar to how Rivers state Governor, Rotimi Amaechi’s life was endangered after the his security details were replaced without prior notice.

Mr. Baraje said the government had by its action put his life and those of his associates to great risk.

Mr. Baraje, a former acting national chairman of a united PDP, currently leads the PDP faction backed by seven state governors including Mr. Amaechi, and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar.