The Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, has condemned the arrest and continued detention of former Governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Sule Lamido.
He warned the All Progressives Congress government to stop what he described as regime of harassment and intimidation of people perceived as having presidential ambition in 2019.
The governor in a statement issued in Ado Ekiti on Tuesday, and signed by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, called on the international community and the media to save democracy in Nigeria from being truncated by “the APC cabal’s desperation to hold on to power by whatever means.”
He added, “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.”
Fayose described the police arrest and detention of Lamido as childish and ridiculous.
“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 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.”
While calling for a stop to the APC government’s regime of political intimidation and harassment, Fayose maintained that Nigerians would resist any attempt to foist a one party State on the country.
“No matter how tyrannical the APC chooses to become, Nigeria will overcome its tyranny just like the country survived past tyrannical governments.”