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Ekiti Polls: APC bemoans clampdown on party leaders

Speaking on the election, the APC condemned what it described as massive clampdown on its leaders as well as journalists during the poll.

In a statement in Lagos, yesterday, by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Mr. Awodolu and 22 others were arrested at Egbe-Ekiti and taken to Ikere-Ekiti; two leaders were arrested from Ilawe while 11 others were picked up from Ado-Ekiti.

two soldiers maning a road block along Ado-Iyin Ekiti road. Pic by Dare Fasube
two soldiers maning a road block along Ado-Iyin Ekiti road. Pic by Dare Fasube

It said those arrested at Ado Ward A Units 1, 6, 8 and 11 include Charles Fashuba, Tolu Ajayi, Elesun, Olu Hero, Gboyega Fabuero, all of whom were pointed out to security agents by one Femi Ogunleye, a member of the PDP.

The APC said the arrested leaders were apparently being picked up to prevent them from casting their votes, monitoring the election and subsequently being present at the collation centres.

”Ekiti has witnessed a massive turnout of voters despite the massive deployment of troops and policemen, ostensibly to provide security for the election but in reality to intimidate and harass voters to stay away from the polling units”, the party said.

”Now that the strategy of the PDP-led federal government has failed despite their over-militarization of the state, they have unleashed security agents on the leaders of the APC to prevent them from monitoring the collation of results.”

The party said security agents also descended on journalists who were duly accredited to cover the election, with at least five of them forcefully taken to the boundary of Ekiti and Kwara states by a detachment of police men.

The party listed other infractions to include:

*The names of APC members were clearly missing on the list brought by INEC officials to Wards 3 and 4 in Gbonyin LGA

* Harassment of the fiancee and aged father of the campaign manager of Fayemi, Hon. Bimbola Daramola, by gun-wielding security agents.

*Plan to burn ballot boxes if APC should win Ward 2 Ifaki Unit 7 in Ido-Osi LGA

* Fake soldiers purportedly from the 82 Division of the Nigerian Army, acting under the command of PDP chieftains, were harassing and intimidating voters.

It called on local and international observers to pay urgent attention to the infractions and ensure they are rectified in the interest of a free and fair election in Ekiti State.


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