Nigeria: Opposition leaders storm National Assembly over alleged police brutality
Abuja, July 12, 2018 (AltAfrica)-The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Uche Secondus, has led the National Working Committee of the party to the National Assembly to protest against the alleged assault by men of the Nigeria Police on the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose.
Also at the protest, which held at the main gate to the National Assembly Complex was a former Senate President, Adolphus Wabara; former Minister of Health, Prof. ABC Nwosu; a former National Woman Leader, Josephine Anenih; and former Majority Leader of the Senate, Mulikat Akande-Adeola, among others.
The protesters, who were received by Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, demanded a free, fair and credible governorship election in Ekiti on Saturday.
Presenting the petition, Mr Secondus made reference to the incident in Ekiti, describing it as “a civilian coup.”
He said Ekiti State has been militarised and policed and its citizens are afraid.
“They are traumatised. They are harassed and they are being guided not to come out of their homes,” he said.
He called on international community to see and watch what is happening in Ekiti.
“If this is the type of democracy and election they tend to conduct by the APC and INEC, that means the 2019 election is under threat and we believe that if they continue in this manner and if they rig the election in Ekiti, there won’t be an election in 2019.
He added that PDP is a peaceful party which believes in the rule of law.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekeweramdu, who was present to receive the petition, commended the protesters for the peaceful manner in which they conducted themselves.
He explained that democracy is about free speech and free expression and pledged that as representatives of the people, the lawmakers will not support anything anti-democratic.
“We have heard you and 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,” he said.
The Ekiti State gubernatorial election is scheduled to hold on Saturday, July 14, 2018.
The party, led by its national chairman, Uche Secondus, arrived on Thursday to petition the lawmakers against the police; but were, however, stopped by security officers at the gate.
The police explained on Wednesday evening that they dispersed the rally to prevent potential violence between PDP supporters and those of the All Progressives Congress (APC); who the police said also had a rally planned.