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PDP Takes Protest Over EKITI to NASS, INEC

Disturbed by the rumpus in Ekiti State with the police tear-gassing Governor Ayodele Fayose and supporters of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP during a victory march at the Government House Pavilion, on Wednesday, leaders and members of the party, yesterday marched to the National Assembly and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in protest. The protest, which was in compliance with the directive of the PDP National Working Committee NWC, was also carried out in some states of the country including Abia, Imo, and Ondo.

 

This is coming as the House of Representatives has set up five committees to probe the Ekiti issue while Ooni of Ife, Enitan Adeyeye Ogunwusi, Ojaja II;  British High-Commissioner to Nigeria, Mr. Paul Arkwright; and  Aare Onakakanfo of Yorubaland, Aare Gani Adams, warned stakeholders against violence and stressed the need for credible poll, tomorrow.  PDP protest During their peaceful march to the National Assembly and INEC, the PDP leaders and supporters demanded among others, the conduct of free, fair and credible governorship poll in Ekiti State.

 

Led by the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus and other members of the NWC, the procession took off at the Legacy House as youths and women sang in solidarity with the party. Placards bearing various messages such as ‘Buhari, stop intimidating Nigerians’, ‘This is not the democracy we voted for’, ‘Buhari, you are not God’,  among others, were displayed by the protesters who conducted themselves in orderly fashion much to the admiration of security personnel on hand to forestall a possible breakdown of law and order. At the National Assembly entrance gate where the protesters were received by the Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu, former ministers of Aviation and Women Affairs, Kema Chikwe and Josephine Anenih, respectively were on hand to coordinate the women as they sang the famous song, “I have decided” swapping PDP for Jesus and concluding with “No turning back.”

 

Presenting a letter of protest to Ekweremadu, Secondus said the leadership of the PDP decided to bring to the notice of the National Assembly what he called the assault on democracy in Ekiti State. “We have come to notify our lawmakers that democracy is under threat. Only yesterday (Wednesday), the Governor of Ekiti State, Ayodele Fayose was assaulted, harassed and pushed to the ground. The All Progressives Congress, APC, has not only placed democracy under threat in Nigeria but also throughout the world. “We are aware of a civilian coup in Ekiti but all we are saying is that we don’t want elections to be rigged. The international community is watching what the security agencies and INEC will do  on Saturday. We demand free and fair elections because anything short of this is a recipe for disaster.”

 

Receiving the letter, Ekweremadu promised that the leadership of the National Assembly will look into the issues raised in the letter even as he admonished security agents to play by the rules at all times. “All the issues raised in your petition will be looked into by the leadership of the National Assembly. We are going to make contacts with INEC and the police and we are going to do everything possible to make sure that there are free and fair elections,” Ekweremadu pledged. From the National Assembly, the protesters marched to the INEC headquarters where one of its national commissioners, Dr. Adekunle Ogunmola received the party’s petition on behalf of the commission.

 

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