IKE Ekweremadu, deputy senate president, has expressed deep worries over the allegation of arbitrary arrests and intimidation of the members and supporters of the Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party by security agencies in the state. The PDP in Edo State had accused the police of unwarranted arrests and harassment of its members and supporters.
In a statement by Uche Anichukwu, Ekweremadu’s special adviser on media, the deputy president of the senate called on President Muhammadu Buhari to urgently intervene in the matter and ensure a free, fair and credible electoral process. He said, “I am deeply distressed by the development not just because I am a member of the PDP but, more importantly, because the PDP had taken our electoral process beyond where it is being dragged back to today.
“The greatest gift of democracy, which makes the other blessings of democracy feasible, is the inalienable right of the people to elect their leaders in a free, fair and credible electoral process that must be devoid of all forms of intimidation.
“As a beneficiary of the electoral reforms and policy of non-interference in the electoral process exemplified by the immediate past PDP administration led by former President Goodluck Jonathan, I expect the All Progressives Congress-led federal government to immediately caution the security agencies. If the APC-led federal government cannot improve on the electoral process, I expect it to maintain the standard set by the PDP.”
— Sep 19, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT