Ayodele Fayose, governor of Ekiti State, on Wednesday, August 23, 2016 has condemned the invasion and seal off of the residence of former Kano governor, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso by armed policemen to prevent a mass wedding programme.
Fayose reiterating 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 police action against Kwankwaso occurred on Tuesday, August 23, 2016.
“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 taking over Nigeria,” Fayose said in a statement, e-mailed to The Trent by Lere Olayinka, a media aide to the Ekiti governor.
He said he was more concerned about the rape of democracy and the rule law under the APC government of President Buhari wondering 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.
“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,” the statement said.
“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.”