ILORIN – The Allied Congress Party of Nigeria, ACPN, has accused Governor Bukola Saraki and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, of using state power to clampdown and intimidate its members.
In a statement in Ilorin, the party’s spokesman, Alhaji Abdulahi Oganja, accused the state government of intimidating, harassing and clamping down on its members ahead of Saturday’s election.
He said that the action of the PDP was connected with the fear of losing the governorship election in the state.
According to Oganja, the ruling party is jittery as the people of the state had embraced the ACPN as the party of their choice, going by the massive crowd that had been showing up at its various campaigns.
He wondered why the PDP would now be using state instrument to intimidate the candidates of ACPN and voters.
He said that as a result of the clampdown, some members of the party had gone into hiding to avoid arrest.
According to him, most ACPN candidates no longer sleep in their houses for fear of being arrested.
He warned the state government to stop harassing its members, even as he vowed that the clampdown will not change the decision of the people to vote out the PDP in the state.
He urged ACPN members to be firm and resolute, adding that they should not allow themselves to be intimidated by the powers that be.