NIM, Aare Ona Kankanfo deplore police attack on Fayose

By Guardian Nigeria

Olisa Agbakoba

The Nigeria Intervention Movement, (NIM) has faulted the Police for manhandling Governor Ayo Fayose in the process of preventing the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from organising a peaceful rally in Ekiti State ahead of the governorship election scheduled to hold tomorrow.
 
In a statement jointly signed by leaders of the movement, Dr. Olisa Agbakoba (SAN) and Dr. Abdulljalil Tafawa Balewa, yesterday, the movement described the police action as equivalent to an act of thuggery and pure violation of the 1999 constitution.
   
NIM stated: “We wish to state in clear terms that such act of thuggery by an agent of the state like the Police, is a rape on Nigeria’s democracy, as well as, contemptuous violation of the sacred laws of the nation, especially section 108 of the 1999 constitution, which up till this moment confers immunity on every sitting governor and therefore, such barbaric use of coercive force on a sitting governor should be vehemently condemned, sanctioned by the Federal Government and resisted by the Ekiti people to prevent a dangerous conspiracy by state agents against the constitutional democracy as well as the human rights and freedom of the people.”
 
The movement said it was compelled by “this grievous act of the police against Nigerian constitution and the Ekiti people to direct all its coordinators and allies in Ekiti State to immediately set up Elections Vigilante Teams against any further thuggish and uncivil acts of the police and other security agencies in the state,” especially during this crucial period of elections in order to ensure that the popular will of Ekiti people prevails
 
It disclosed that a high powered delegation of NIM Leaders from its national secretariat have been dispatched to Ekiti to immediately engage Governor Fayose and leading governorship candidates in tomorrow’s election to prevent undue intimidation and coercion of the electorate.

Also, the Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Gani Adams, has urged all stakeholders in Ekiti, including political parties, candidates and the electorate to ensure peace and tranquility before, during and after the election.
 
In a statement he released yesterday, Adams expressed concern over the prevailing security situation in the state, stressing that election should not be a do-or-die affair.He said: “In the build-up to tomorrow’s election, Ekiti has been in the news for the wrong reason. A situation where the security of the electorate is not guaranteed is …read more

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