The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, said on Monday that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government is persecuting opposition leaders and the leadership of National Assembly for political reasons ahead of the 2019 general elections.
He said the Executive arm of government was using paraphernalia of office and smear campaign to intimidate opposition leaders in the country.
The Deputy Senate President, who was in Ondo State for PDP governorship campaign, however, described the current persecution of the party’s leaders as temporary.
He said: “The darkest part of the night is when it is almost dawn. So, we are almost at the day light. Let everybody exercise patience.
“The leaders, including all of us, are facing persecution, smear campaign and threat. I want to tell you that this is our darkest hour in our country as they say.
“We want to appeal to everybody that we are democratic and we are going to win in democratic form. “We should eschew bitterness; we should eschew any kind of violence so that our winning will be in PDP way which is peaceful. So, the success of PDP next year will start in Ekiti State. By July 14, we are going to ensure we win the governorship election.
“We are going to thank the South-West because they are leading to this success. After that of Ekiti is Osun State and after Osun by 2019, we will be winning all the way. We thank you for standing by us.”