Presidential aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Kabiru Turaki SAN, has condemned what he described as the brutal attack on the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayo Fayose and the law-abiding citizens of the state who were trying to exercise their fundamental right of freedom of association in a peaceful manner.
A crowd of PDP supporters awaiting the address of Fayose, prior to a victory rally slated for the campaign headquarters of the PDP governorship candidate, Prof. Olusola Eleka, around Fajuyi area of the capital city, were dispersed by the police, using tear gas.
The state governor eventually shown up at the rally wearing a cervical collar, weeping publicly and claiming that he had been tear-gassed and rough-handled by policemen who slapped and hit him with the butt of their guns.
He said he had been to the hospital for treatment and that in spite of that, was in pains, warning that if anything happened to him, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris should be held responsible.
The presidential aspirant, in a statement issued by the Director of Media & Publicity, Kabiru Tanimu Turaki Presidential Campaign Organization, Sola Atere, held that the Ekiti saga was another low point in the litany of breaches of the Constitution and indeed, the rule of law which has become the hallmark of the APC-led Federal Government.
The statement issued in Abuja on Thursday reads, “Imagine a governor who has constitutional immunity and is also supposed to be the Chief Security Officer of his state being brutalized by security officers.
“His security details are being withdrawn while moving into his official residence is being restricted. What then is the hope of the ordinary Nigerian?”
Turaki recalled that a similar ‘jungle’ treatment had been meted out to Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, “not to talk of the Gestapo approach adopted in arresting some revered judges of the Supreme Court on mere allegations which could not be proved at the temple of justice.”
This attitude, he said, is consistent with the continued intimidation and harassment of leaders of the opposition party, the PDP especially.
The presidential aspirant reminded Nigerians of his consistent warnings that the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is entrenching a legacy of despotism, intimidation, harassment of persons or groups not sharing its views, nepotism, insecurity and poverty on the people.
“Here is a government that talks ill of its citizens at will, thereby lowering their estimation in the eyes of the international community” he regretted.
Turaki, who is a former Minister of Special Duties, said, “The chicken has come home to roost with the government baring its fangs in Ado Ekiti in its desperation to win Saturday’s governorship election by hook or by crook.
“Obviously, the upcoming governorship election in Osun State and the 2019 General Elections, and indeed, Nigeria’s democracy face serious danger unless men and women of goodwill with the support of the International community rise to defend constitutional rule in Nigeria.”