Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele
Fayose, has condemned Tuesday’s invasion and sealing off of the residence of a
former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, by armed policemen.
In a statement by his Special
Assistant on Public Communication and Social Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose said
the former governor’s residence was sealed off in order to prevent a mass
wedding from taking place.
He alleged that the leadership of
the All Progressives Congress and its supporters had turned President Muhammadu
Buhari into a dictator by keeping silent in the face of perceived undemocratic
Fayose said, “The fact that Senator
Rabiu Kwakwanso is of the ruling APC should worry well-meaning Nigerians
because it appears no one will be spared by these anti-democracy agents that
have taking over Nigeria.”
Explaining that the invasion of
Kwakwanso’s house amounted to an infringement on the right of association, the
governor said there was no law in the constitution stipulating Nigerians to
obtain a police permit before holding a wedding.
He added, “When they invaded the
Akwa Ibom State Government House with armed men of the Department of State
Services, I raised the alarm then and I did warn that Nigeria was being
returned to 1984 when President Buhari ruled the country like a maximum ruler.
“When I said Nigerians,
irrespective of their political parties, should rise in condemnation of
President Buhari’s emerging dictatorship, many of our friends in the APC opted
to keep silent.
“Some even hailed the DSS when it
invaded the Ekiti State House of Assembly and abducted a member of the House.
“Last week Wednesday, when the
police sealed off the venue of the Peoples Democratic’s Party National
Convention in Port Harcourt and blocked the road leading to the Old Presidential
Lodge of the Rivers State Government House where I and other PDP leaders were
accommodated, our friends in the APC kept silent. Some even hailed the police.
“However, as a Nigerian and an
ardent lover of democracy and the rule of law, I have elected to, once again,
condemn yesterday’s armed policemen’s invasion and sealing off of the private
residence of Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and I hope that this time around, our
friends in the APC will realise that no one will be spared by the time this emerging
dictatorship reaches its peak.
“Nigerians should realise that with
the bullying of Kwakwanso, a two-term governor, former minister of defence and
serving senator, it is now very clear that the APC government will even be
intolerant of opposition within the party, not to talk of external opposition.
Men of good conscience should prevail on President Buhari to caution the
security agencies to be mindful of foisting a tyranny on Nigerians.”