The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, on Friday demanded the immediate and unconditional release of its Kwara South Senatorial candidate, Senator Rufai Ibrahim and other members allegedly framed-up, arrested and detained by the Police in the state.
It stated that the continued detention of Senator Ibrahim on the eve of a crucial election, in which he is a lead contender, is completely provocative.
A statement by PDP’s national publicity secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan urged members to resist any form of intimidation, and cautioned the “police to stop harassing, arresting and detaining its members on flimsy charges.
The main opposition stressed that such clamp down will directly pitch security agents against the people in a manner that might spark violent resistance and bring about regrettable consequences.
The statement reads: “This resort to police brutality by the APC is a script by a losing team which seeks to introduce violence and use the police to execute their rigging plots.
“Nigerians will recall our vehement protest against the deployment of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu’s lackey, CP Kayode Egbetokun, as Kwara state Commissioner of Police, wherein we alerted of plots by the APC to use him to incite the people, cause pandemonium and pave the way for outright rigging in favour of President Buhari and all other candidates on the platform of APC.”
Warning that nobody has the monopoly of show of strength, PDP said “Our members in Kwara or any other state, for that matter, are law-abiding but will never allow themselves to be subjugated by anybody, particularly in this critical electoral process.
“In this regard, our members should immediately activate their individual and collective defence mechanisms by using every legitimate means available, to resist the aggression of the APC and their compromised security agents as well as dismantle their rigging machineries.
“We know that the plan of the APC is to stop our members from accessing their polling centers. Our members should deploy all legitimate means, including lawful self-preservation strategies and tactical maneuvers to beat the aggressions, arrive at their respective polling centers and exercise their voting rights accordingly.
“We therefore calls on the Inspector General of Police to immediately call CP Kayode Egbetokun to order. We also call on lovers of democracy all over the world to rise in condemnation of this wicked harassment and arrest of our members ahead of a crucial election.”