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Rivers Election: Democracy in danger, Buhari’s APC govt setting Nigeria on path of anarchy - Fayose

By Lere Olayinka
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Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has raised the alarm over the fate of democracy in Nigeria, saying “the open display of contempt for free, fair and transparent election by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Mohammadu Buhari as being witnessed in Rivers State presently is capable of setting Nigeria on the path of anarchy.”

The governor, who described as worrisome reports of discovery of fake

Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Result Sheets in some

of the Local Government Areas, security agencies supported siege

harassment, intimidation and even killings of Peoples Democratic Party

members, said; “Rivers State is 100 percent PDP, and any attempt to

subvert the will of the people will be counter-productive.”

In a statement on Saturday, by his Special Assistant on Public

Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor, said;

“Obviously, INEC under President Buhari has destroyed that legacy of

free, fair and transparent elections bequeathed on Nigeria by the PDP

government former President Goodluck Jonathan.”

The governor said “it is strange that INEC produced Results Sheets

with PDP omitted, and I wonder what is going to happen in 2019 if INEC

and security agents are acting in this clear compromised manner in

Rivers State.”
“From reports that I have heard, Rivers State is under siege. I have

seen pictures of people killed and I have seen pictures of INEC Result

Sheets with PDP omitted. Most importantly, I have read reports of top

functionaries of PDP and Rivers State government either abducted by

unknown gunmen or arrested by the security agents.
“What all these portend for our democracy is danger!

“It is a sign of what APC desperation to take over power in the entire

36 States of Nigeria will cause in Edo and Ondo States this year and

in Ekiti State in 2018 as well as the entire country in 2019.

“Curiously, those who went on the rooftops to condemn the involvement

of soldiers in the Ekiti governorship election despite that the

international observers hailed their participation and even went to

court to stop soldiers from taking part in elections are silent now.

“They have failed to realise that if all noble men should keep silent

and get cowed by this rampaging beast that is ready to consume

democracy and rule of law in Nigeria, ordinary Nigerians will sooner

than later end up in the belly of the beast.”