The governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, has warned the All Progressives Congress-led government against the continued detention of former governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, describing it as a regime of harassment and intimidation of people believed to be having presidential ambition in 2019.
Fayose’s condemnation came on the heels of an order of a Chief Magistrate Court in Dutse, Jigawa, that Lamido be kept away in prison till May 4 for alleged disturbance of public peace among other charges.
A Chief Magistrate Court in Dutse, Jigawa State capital, has ordered that former Governor of the state, Sule Lamido, be remanded in prison custody till May 4 for alleged disturbance of public peace and other charges.
In a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday by the Special Assistant to the governor on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor sought the intervention of the international community and the media, describing the actions of the federal government as inimical to the growth of democracy in the country.
His words: “It appears that the cabal in the APC led government that is holding Nigerians to ransom want their candidate to contest the 2019 election unopposed. Obviously, that is the reason for the arrest and detention of former Governor of Niger State, Dr. Babangida Aliyu and Alhaji Lamido who have shown interest in the presidency…
“If a former governor is arrested and incarcerated for what they called incitement, what should the police have done to those Fulani herdsmen that have killed thousands of Nigerians across the country?”
Fayose argued further: “With the arrest of Alhaji Lamido, the detention of former Governor of Benue State, Gabriel Suswam since February this year and the arrest and detention of Dr. Babangida Aliyu, it is becoming clearer that these APC people will only contest election against themselves in 2019.
“It will even be unnecessary to continue to fund the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) since they don’t want anyone to contest the 2019 presidential election against their party. The APC cabal can as well proscribe INEC and declare their party the perpetual ruler of Nigeria instead of wasting money on conduct of elections.”
The governor said it was absolutely wrong of the police to have arrested Lamido for allegedly inciting his supporters to go violent over the results of the local government elections fixed for July 1, 2017.
“How can you arrest someone in April because of an election slated for July and keep the person in detention for the past 24 hours? Is it not even laughable that the APC government in Jigawa State is so afraid of allowing the people the freedom to participate in an election to be conducted by the State government itself such that it opted for the arrest and detention of a former governor of the State more than two months to the elections?”
Also condemning the continued detention of former governor of Benue State, Suswan, he said, “Rt. Hon. Gabriel Suswan has been in the custody of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the DSS reason for keeping him in detention since February is that he has failed to cooperate with investigators. The question is; what cooperation does the DSS need from someone that will require him being kept in detention for close to two months?”
Fayose declared: “Nigerians will resist any attempt to foist a one-party state on the country and no matter how tyrannical the APC chooses to become, Nigeria will overcome its tyranny just like the country survived past tyrannical governments.”