The Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday in Abuja, Imo, Anambra, Nasarawa and other states across the country protested against the alleged assault on the Ekiti State Governor, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, by the police on Wednesday.
In Abuja, the National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, led the National Working Committee of the party to the National Assembly to protest against the alleged assault on Fayose.
Also at the protest, which was held at the main gate to the National Assembly Complex, were a former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara; a former Minister of Health, Prof. ABC Nwosu; former National Woman Leaders, Josephine Anenih and Kema Chikwe; and a former Majority Leader, House of Representatives, Mulikat Akande-Adeola.
The protesters, who were received by Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, in company with the Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Bala Ibn Na’Allah, decried the invasion of the state by security forces. Secondus presented a petition by the party to Ekweremadu.
The PDP boss stated that the way the All Progressives Congress administration and the Independent National Electoral Commission would handle the governorship election in Ekiti would determine what Nigerians should expect from the general election in 2019.
Secondus said, “Just yesterday (Wednesday), there was a civilian coup. The Ekiti State Government House was sealed and the governor was brutalised, detained and harmed. We believe that, that was an assault on democracy. The first point of call for this peaceful demonstration is the National Assembly. We believe that we should register our protest, for the National Assembly to quickly intervene through their oversight function on the executive.
“We are aware and we have been reliably informed that INEC and a section of the security agencies are preparing to rig the election in Ekiti, that is why Ekiti today has been militarised and policed. Over 30,000 policemen are in Ekiti. The citizens of Ekiti are afraid, they are traumatised, they are harassed and they are being guarded not to come out of their homes.
“We also call on international community to see and watch what is happening in Ekiti. If this is the type of democracy and election that they tend to conduct – by the APC and INEC – it means the 2019 general election is seriously under threat; and we believe that if they continue in this manner, and if they rig the election in Ekiti, there will be nothing like 2019 elections.
“The security agencies cannot be above the law. The executive cannot be above the law. We are aware that INEC has printed result sheets, to do replacement (sic) by some security agencies.”
Responding, Ekweremadu thanked the PDP leaders for their peaceful approach to the issues in Ekiti.
He said, “We have heard you. We will make contacts with all institutions of democracy as it concerns Ekiti State. We will make contacts with INEC, police and security agencies to ensure that they are neutral.”
Also in Imo State, the PDP members protested on the streets of Owerri, the state capital on Thursday, to condemn the alleged manhandling of Fayose.