In a statement issued on Wednesday by Former President Goodluck Jonathan’s spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, he tasked security personnel deployed to the state to act within the ambit of the laws of the land. He said the presence of armed security operatives is meant to give voters the confidence to come out on election day and vote for candidates of their choice, and not to intimidate them.
“I am appealing to the security agencies deployed to Ekiti State for the governorship election to carry out their duties according to the laws of the land by securing the state in a manner that will enable a peaceful electoral process.
“If it is true that the State Governor Mr. Ayodele Fayose was assaulted as reported in the media, my appeal is that such should not be allowed to happen again, since the governor’s constitutional immunity guarantees that he should be given official protection to freely conduct the business of governing the State.”
The former president further charged the security agencies to not only strive to protect the laws but also seek to prevent any development that could negatively impact the process of deepening the nation’s democracy.
A former vice president of Nigeria, Atiku Abubakar, has reacted to the action of the police in Ekiti on Wednesday which led to use of tear-gas to disperse supporters of Governor Ayo Fayose and his party, PDP.
He said he is appalled at the images coming out of Ekiti in the last few hours.
Pictures circulated of Mr Fayose appearing injured after the tear gas was use on him and his supporters ahead of Saturday’s governorship election.
Mr Abubakar, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday:
“Having been a beneficiary of such propriety, it is incumbent on the federal government not to deprive others of the ladder it was provided by its predecessors.
“Free, fair and credible elections are not a privilege. They are a right! The peaceful congregating of the good people of Ekiti State, be they members of the All Progressive Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party or of any other party, must be allowed by the federal government.”
“The immunity that a president enjoys under the constitution is the same immunity being enjoyed by a state government. Thus it is an aberration to democratic norms and practices in a federal system of government that one layer of government should muscle out another government on account of political differences. The democracy and fundamental human rights that Nigerians enjoy today was earned at a
“It is too late in the day for anyone to think they can put that genie back into the bottle,” he said.
“Government should take a cue from what the Adamawa Peace Initiative (API) is doing to stem violence in many states of the North east,” he said.