Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State has decried Tuesday’s invasion and seal off of the residence of immediate past Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso by armed policemen.
The policemen sealed off the residence of the former governor to prevent the organization of a mass wedding by a group loyal to Mr. Kwankwaso, who is in a long-drawn political battle with his successor, Dr. Abdullahi Ganduje.
The Kano State Police Command spokesman, Magaji Majiya, said the measure was taken to prevent the likelihood of breakdown of law and order as the proposed mass wedding coincided with the state government’s planned empowerment programme.
“The police has banned the two ceremonies indefinitely as security Intelligence available at our disposal revealed that some disgruntled elements are preparing to use the occasions to cause havoc in the state”, Mr. Majiya, a Deputy Superintendent of Police said.
But Gov. Fayose said the action was a vindication of his earlier warning that the All Progressives Congress (APC) and its supporters have built dictatorship round President Muhammadu Buhari by not joining other Nigerians to condemn his undemocratic acts.
The governor, who said he was more concerned about the rape of democracy and the rule of law under the APC government of President Buhari, added that; “The fact that Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso is of the ruling APC should worry well-meaning Nigerians because it appears no one will be spared by this anti-democracy agents that have taken over Nigeria”.
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In a statement issued in Ado-Ekiti Wednesday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor wondered where it was written in the laws of Nigeria that Nigerians must obtain Police permit to hold wedding ceremony or even to assemble in private residence.
The statement reads in part:
“When they invaded the Akwa Ibom State Government House with armed men of the Department of State Security (DSS), I raised 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 the President Buhari’s government emerging dictatorship, many of our friends in the APC opted to keep silent. Some even hailed the Department of State Security (DSS) when the service 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 Party (PDP) 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 ardent lover of democracy and rule of law, I have elected to once again condemn the yesterday’s armed policemen invasion and seal 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 Kwankwaso, 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 and men of good conscience should prevail on President Buhari to caution the security agencies to be mindful of foisting tyranny on Nigerians”.