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