Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose has raised the alarm over the fate of democracy in Nigeria, saying “the open display of contempt for free, fair and transparent election by the All Progressives Congress (APC) government of President Muhammadu Buhari as being witnessed in Rivers State presently is capable of setting Nigeria on the path of anarchy.”
The governor, who described as worrisome reports of discovery of fake Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) Result Sheets in some of the Local Government Areas, security agencies supported siege harassment, intimidation and even killings of Peoples Democratic Party members, said; “Rivers State is 100 percent PDP, and any attempt to subvert the will of the people will be counter-productive.”
In a statement on Saturday, by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, the governor, said; “Obviously, INEC under President Buhari has destroyed that legacy of free, fair and transparent elections bequeathed on Nigeria by the PDP government of former President Goodluck Jonathan.”
The governor said “it is strange that INEC produced Results Sheets with PDP omitted, and I wonder what is going to happen in 2019 if INEC and security agents are acting in this clear compromised manner in Rivers State.”
“From reports that I have heard, Rivers State is under siege. I have seen pictures of people killed and I have seen pictures of INEC Result Sheets with PDP omitted. Most importantly, I have read reports of top functionaries of PDP and Rivers State government either abducted by unknown gunmen or arrested by the security agents. What all these portend for our democracy is danger!
“It is a sign of what APC desperation to take over power in the entire 36 States of Nigeria will cause in Edo and Ondo States this year and in Ekiti State in 2018 as well as the entire country in 2019.
“Curiously, those who went on the rooftops to condemn the involvement of soldiers in the Ekiti governorship election despite that the international observers hailed their participation and even went to court to stop soldiers from taking part in elections are silent now.
“They have failed to realise that if all noble men should keep silent and get cowed by this rampaging beast that is ready to consume democracy and rule of law in Nigeria, ordinary Nigerians will sooner than later end up in the belly of the beast.”