Ekiti State Governor, Ayo Fayose, on Tuesday called for the unconditional release of former Jigawa State Governor, Sule Lamido.
Lamido was arrested by the police and remanded in prison for alleged incitement.
Condemning Lamido’s arrest, Fayose described it as another attempt to muzzle the opposition and cow Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) members nursing 2019 presidential ambition.
In a statement issued by his Special Assistant on Public Communication and New Media, Lere Olayinka, Fayose described Lamido’s detention as “childish and ridiculous.”
He said: “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?
“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.”
Describing Lamido’s arrest as the height of power drunkenness, Fayose said “the police claim that Lamido was arrested for allegedly inciting his supporters to go violent if the results of the local government elections fixed for July 1, 2017 is to say the least irresponsible and ludicrous.
“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?”
While calling for a stop to what he called “the APC government’s regime of political intimidation and harassment,” Fayose said Nigerians will resist any attempt to foist a one party system on the country.
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