Kwara PDP condemns police attack on Saraki, Secondus, others
The Kwara State Chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned police attack on the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki, five other presidential aspirants and other PDP leaders in Abuja.
Saraki, Sokoto Governor, Aminu Tambuwwal, PDP Chairman, Uche Secondus, Senator Dino Melaye and Sule Lamido had on Friday afternoon led other PDP members on a protest to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to protest the outcome of the recently held Osun gubernatorial election.
They had left the INEC headquarters, and were approaching the Police headquarters on a peaceful protest where they were met with police barricades and live ammunition.
The Kwara PDP in statement by its State Publicity Secretary, Mr Tunde Ashaolu, described the attack as barbaric, unconstitutional and a threat to democracy. He stressed that the protest was a peaceful one and that it was not right for the police to brutalise the protesters the way they did.
The statement also recalled that “in 2014 under former President Goodluck Jonathan administration, key members of the then opposition party, All Progressives Congress (APC) including President Muhammadu Buhari and former Chairman of the party, John Oyegun staged similar protest to the INEC and Police Headquaters and were never assaulted by the police.”
Ashaolu explained today’s attack on the opposition leaders was an indication of what to expect from the ruling APC government in the 2019 general elections.
He added that the present administration’s intolerance for the opposition remains unparalleled, noting that democracy can only thrive if the government respects the rights of all Nigerians irrespective of their political affiliation.
The Kwara PDP spokesperson, however, maintained that no amount of intimidation or oppression would stop the PDP from reclaiming power in 2019.
He appealed to members and supporters of the party to remain calm and be law abiding, adding that the PDP would not be subdued by intimidation from the APC government.